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 […]
Māori women are paid 22% less than men. Pacific women are paid 26% less than men. These are pay gaps driven by sexism and bias. These are pay gaps that have real impacts on women’s lives. Having less income to pay rent, feed your children and take of yourself is an imbalance that is unfair […]
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.
The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for many years now. It was a shame they intervened on behalf of the employers trying […]
Today’s business section of the NZ Herald features a two-page spread by Christopher Adams with the results of their survey of the country’s 50 top chief executives. Their research is based on the 2013 annual reports of companies and state-owned enterprises and it shows that their average income was $1.4 million, having risen by an […]
Today while I was sad to see fewer women in well-paid jobs I was very lucky to be able to celebrate, in brilliant sunshine, International Women’s Day with a wonderful and diverse group of women on the walk for peace. “This Peace Walk for Women was organised to raise awareness of our interconnectedness and interdependence in […]
Does Business New Zealand’s Paul Mackay really think that all the mums that take the first year of their child’s life off work come back less competent than their colleagues. Really? His comparison of mothers returning from parental leave being like rugby players trying to get back on the ‘top team’ straight away left me […]
We have just discovered this article from the 1958 Public Service Journal which reports that equal pay will be fully achieved in three years. The Equal Pay Act actually took 14 years to be passed in 1972. 51 years after the deadline in the journal we are still waiting for equal pay to be fully […]
On Saturday, I went to the Grey Lynn festival to talk to people about our women’s policy, and draw attention to the inequities between women and men when it comes to paid work. We invited festival goers to spin the Pay Equity Wheel of Fortune – Show Me The Money!
Today is the day we salute the efforts of women everywhere for equity and justice for our gender and as workers. This year, our hearts and thoughts start and finish with women in Christchurch. I spent the weekend door-knocking on the streets of Aranui, Wainoni and New Brighton which are all low-income areas hit hard […]