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The Coalition of BC Businesses hopes the Union of BC Municipalities will take note of a recent survey.
The poll found most respondents – 90 percent – want compensation for public employees to be in line with what private sector workers receive for the same jobs.
Another 86 percent said the pay and benefits for government employees are generally higher than for private sector employees.
Coalition chair Mark von Schellwitz says a third majority would support setting up a non-partisan board to even out the compensation.
"We found that our small business members really do support public sector pay equity. Their taxes are going up all the time to pay for what often are inflated salaries at municipal level in particular, and that's limiting their ability to actually give their employees a pay raise as well."
More than 600 small businesses were surveyed.
Mayors from all over the province are gathered in Victoria for the annual UBCM convention.