Pay equity pact raises most Sask. health workers by 13%, but some get lower pay.SASKATOON Saskatoon (săskətn`), city (1991 pop. 186,058), S central Sask., Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River. -- Health-care workers in Saskatchewan will receive pay increases of more than 13 per cent over the next several years as a result of a pay equity settlement between unions and employers.
However, not all of the 25,000 health-care employees represented by the three unions will receive pay equity increases. Some jobs will now have lower starting wages but people already working in those positions will not get pay cuts and will get future negotiated increases.
The cost to the provincial government will be approximately $65 millions per year.
The agreement involved the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations, the Service Employees International Union, the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE, French: Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique) is a Canadian trade union serving the public sector - although it has in recent years organized workplaces in the non-profit and para-public sector as well. .
While SAHO SAHO Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations
SAHO Sprint Advantage Hierarchy Option negotiates for the employers, the salaries of health-care workers are funded by the provincial government.
The pay equity agreement is retroactive Having reference to things that happened in the past, prior to the occurrence of the act in question.
A retroactive or retrospective law is one that takes away or impairs vested rights acquired under existing laws, creates new obligations, imposes new duties, or attaches a to April 2001 and continues to April 2007.
Three and a half years ago, the unions and SAHO began evaluating and classifying the jobs of 25,000 health-care employees using four gender-neutral criteria: skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions. For instance, they compared housekeeper HOUSEKEEPER. One who occupies a house.
2. A person who occupies every room in the house, under a lease, except one, which is reserved for his landlord, who pays all the taxes, is not a housekeeper. 1 Chit. Rep. 502. (female) jobs and caretaker (male) jobs.
Home-care aids and licensed practical nurses li·censed practical nurse
Abbr. LPN A nurse who has completed a practical nursing program and is licensed by a state to provide routine patient care under the direction of a registered nurse or a physician. are two of the largest employee groups that will receive the pay equity increases.
The agreement also ensures workers across the province doing the same job, but with different health-care agencies, will he paid the same.