Earlier this week I was so pleased to see the payoff for many amazing women involved in union organising with the decision to pay caregivers more. I put aside my reservations about the fact that it didn’t look as if it was exactly equal pay for work of equal value and that the Government was […]
Yesterday’s announcement that carers in the aged care and community support sectors will finally have their pay lifted in line with pay equity principles is a breakthrough for women’s human rights. Kristine Bartlett, the carer with decades of experience who took the case, is to be congratulated – as are the unions E Tū, the […]
Communities are strongest when they work together. We are lucky to work with some amazing community groups and individuals to make good Green change in the world. The Green Party has thrown its weight behind great campaigns to get equal pay for women, helping more refugees find a home, and ensure a living wage for […]
Let’s make sure we properly resource sexual violence prevention work. Currently, about 1.5% of government funding for sexual violence goes to prevention. ACC has been given the lead role on education in schools. So far they’ve rolled out their flagship education programme to just over 60 high schools. That’s fewer than 20% of high schools. […]
Last week, our new PM Bill English announced his upcoming Cabinet, with Paula Bennett being appointed Minister for Women. Today, English said that he “doesn’t know what feminism means,” following on from Bennett’s earlier comments that she calls herself a feminist “some days”. Well. Not only do the Greens understand what feminism is, we work […]
On Monday, the Civilian “reported” that the Government plans to pass legislation to end 2016 early. The Green Party will be supporting this bill. Just in the last week, we’ve had a 7.8 quake and hundreds of aftershocks, floods, Donald Trump, news of his transition team, Brian Tamaki sharing his ‘wisdom’ and a tornado. Oh, and there’s […]
I had a good friend who worked at Parliament in various roles in the catering services over a number of years. I saw her almost every day. She always made me and many other people feel welcome and she went to extra effort to make sure we received quality service. She was also a really […]
The gender pay gap in the public service is worse than in the private sector. I’ve always found this particularly galling because I expect our Government to provide an example to the private sector on things like human rights, rather than lag behind it.
Equal Pay for Work of equal value might have taken another step forward after more than forty years. I will state the obvious fact that the 1972 Equal Pay Act has not delivered equal pay. There has been much analysis of why – the lack of transparency (it’s very difficult for most women to know […]
To paraphrase Justin Trudeau – “It’s 2016”. Money needs to be in the budget to deliver equal pay this year to caregivers at the very least and that may require widening the tax base, which in turn if done well would help reduce inequality in our society at the other end.