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|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 12/01/2010

Majority of Quebec workers discuss salary

MONTREAL

— Although discussing salaries at work is still taboo, Quebec workers would like to see things change, according to a survey by Quebec's HR association. Fifty-eight per cent of respondents feel the ban on talking about salaries should be lifted, according to the survey of 604 Quebec workers by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA). The survey also found more women than men are in favour of this type of transparency. “Since pay equity remains a concern in Quebec organizations, the fact that women are more interested in discussing salaries comes as no surprise since they’re the ones who often feel left behind,” said Florent Francoeur, president and chief executive officer of CRHA. Employees still talk about salaries among themselves. In fact, 70 per cent of respondents reported having discussed their salary with one of their co-workers, a percentage that climbs to 84 per cent among young workers.