The New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity isn't satisfied with the funds in Tuesday's provincial budget to reduce the wage gap between men and women.
The budget gives more than $6-million to reduce the wage gap in the public sector, and additional funds were promised over five years.
It will provide pay adjustments to female-dominated public sector groups, including workers in childcare, home support and transition houses.
Vallie Sterns, chair of the pay equity coalition, said the money allotted wouldn’t make a significant difference to women working in those fields.
"[The] $6.4 million falls very short. If you were to divide it up amongst the women in those groups only, you come to about a cup of coffee a day. And that's not going to provide justice between husbands and wives at home, between colleagues in the workplace," Sterns said.
The total pay equity adjustments weren't specified in Tuesday's budget, the coalition said, and public reports on the issue haven't been released.
Workers in community residences will see pay adjustments beginning in 2013-2014, Finance Minister Blaine Higgs said in Tuesday's budget delivery.
"This is just the beginning of our investment in pay equity to conform to the current legislative requirements which end in the 2017-2018 fiscal year," he said.
The coalition will continue to monitor and put pressure on the government, but Sterns said in a news release that, "We agree with the government on one major point: pay equity is a strategic investment."
According to Statistics Canada's most recent figures from February 2012, women in New Brunswick make on average $18.55 per hour — down 0.6 per cent from February 2011.
According to the same chart, men make on average $21.83 per hour — up 4.3 per cent from February 2011.
"We really need to have something significant and meaningful before you start calling it pay equity," Sterns said.