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


Pay equity legislation ready to go

For the last decade women have consistently been paid on average only four fifths of their male counterpart's pay'. Clearly the market has not delivered. Even Mrs Shipley must now accept that gender gaps don't disappear without intervention.

That's why the Alliance has legislation ready to go on day one of a new government. By July 1st of 2000 we could have a Pay Equity Office up and running,' Alliance spokesperson for Workplace Relations, Laila Harre said today.

'In 1990 Mrs Shipley promised that deregulation would deliver equal pay for work of equal value. It hasn't. 'The pay gap between man and women has at best remained static at about 80% of male earnings. National hasn't just put pay equity on a back burner, its let it fall right off the stove.’

Laila Harre's Equal Pay For Work Of Equal Value Bill would set up a system of pay equity claims based on determinations of work of equal value. The claims process would be enforceable through the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Court.

It would also establish a Pay Equity Office. The Office would have the job of collecting information on gaps in pay between female workers and their male counterparts, and the ability to inspect workplaces and grant certificates. The Bill is ready to be adopted as soon as a new government is elected.

Pay equity legislation would simply bring us into line with the international community. For example UK, Canada, Ireland and other European countries. The Bill sets up a process to evaluate the level of skill, effort, and responsibility required for work where at least 60% of the employees are female, compared to similar areas of work where at least 60% of the employees are male. It then compares pay packets. It would look at whether it is fair that nurses earn less than police officers, clothing machinists earn less than construction workers, checkout supervisors earn less than storepersons, for example.

In 1990 Mrs Shipley, as Minister of Women's Affairs repealed the Employment Equity Act which had been introduced only months before by the former Labour government. She promised that the market would close the gap, and that National would get rid of tertiary fees, which would help more women into education and therefore better paid jobs.

National have since increased tertiary fees. The Pay equity gap remains. In 1995 Mrs Shipley continued to promise: “The wage gap will slowly correct itself.... But there is a very interesting debate as to whether it will ever be neutral and I suspect the privilege of bearing children will one way or another automatically ensure that it never closes entirely.''

So much for Mrs Shipley's commitment to equal pay for New Zealand women. National has completely failed to deliver. The Alliance is ready with a plan of action to get rid of that pay gap once and for all,' said Laila Harre.

Visit http://www.alliance.org.nz for more information about the Alliance

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news