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BC aboriginal court workers on strike over unequal pay – The Globe and Mail

First Nations court workers in B.C. are on strike, saying they are paid significantly less than other public-sector staff in similar jobs.

The starting salary for the position is $31,800 a year, compared to $45,100 for a comparable classification, according to the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.

The union blames the difference on the failure of the B.C. government to bring the workers into the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) Aboriginal bargaining unit when it was created in 2003.

“This dispute is fundamentally about a government wage policy that treats workers differently,” BCGEU president Stephanie Smith said. “These workers are paid artificially low wages compared to their peers. It’s time for the government to fix this injustice.”

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