An opposition day motion on pay equity that was put forward by the NDP this week has been adopted.

The motion aims to recognize pay equity as a human right and urges the federal government to take immediate action. With the adoption of the motion, a special committee will be put together to develop an action plan to legislate equal pay for work of equal value.

Read: NDP to introduce motion on tackling gender pay gap

“For decades, New Democrats pushed hard for pay equity,” said NDP Status of Women Critic Sheila Malcolmson. “With the adoption of our NDP motion today, the real work begins now and we can take concrete action towards real, tangible equality for women.

“The wage gap discriminates against women and there’s no excuse for the fact that women in Canada continue to make substantially less than men.”

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