Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Courageous case highlights Govt inaction


Courageous case highlights Govt inaction

The landmark equal pay case launched in the employment court yesterday highlights the Government’s 19th Century thinking on the value of work performed by women, say Labour MPs Sue Moroney and Darien Fenton.

Kristine Bartlett, an aged care worker and SFWU member, is seeking a determination from the Employment Court as to whether her hourly pay rate of $14.32 meets the requirements of the Equal Pay Act and whether it is disproportionately low due to the industry being dominated by women workers.

Labour’s Women's Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney, who was at court supporting Ms Bartlett and her union, said the case spotlights a deep-seated bias which says that it’s okay to pay women less than men.

“That bias is encouraged by this Government’s inaction.

"Kristine Bartlett and her union are raising awareness around the issues National created when it shut down the Pay and Employment Equity Unit.

"The Minister of Women's Affairs, Jo Goodhew, says women should become plumbers and electricians if they want decent pay. That does nothing to address the gender pay gap or to better value female-dominated occupations.”

Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton says that instead of advocating for these issues the Government is writing laws to make it harder for women to be paid fairly for their hard work.

"If Labour Minister Simon Bridges has his way, Kristine's employer won't even have to negotiate with her and fellow workers to agree on pay.

"Labour will be watching the progress of this case closely to see what legislative measures may need to be taken to address gender fairness in the workplace," Darien Fenton said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Post Cab Presser: Inquiries And Consciences

    This afternoon the Prime Minister John Key announced that his cabinet had drafted terms of reference for the Havelock North water contamination inquiry... In response to questions on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, the Prime Minister said he didn't think allowing National MPs a conscience vote was warranted. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news