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Pay and Employment Equity – It’s time

Pay and Employment Equity – It’s time

New Zealand could halve its pay gap by 2005 and lead the world again, as we did when New Zealand women were the first to get the vote, PSA national secretary Lynn Middleton said today.

Announcing details of the launch of the PSA Pay and Employment Equity Agenda at Parliament, to coincide with International Women’s Day, Lynn Middleton said the time for pay and employment equity in New Zealand had come.

“We believe New Zealand can lead the world in achieving pay and employment equity – and the first place to start is in the public sector. We are seeking a whole-of-government approach to building a public sector infrastructure able to support pay and employment equity throughout New Zealand.”

Lynn Middleton said the PSA was fortunate to have a European specialist on pay equity issues, Dr Jane Pillinger, as a guest for the PAEE Agenda launch.

“Jane Pillinger works at European and international levels on issues concerning gender equality, employment and social policy. Since the publication of her first book in 1992 Feminising the Market: Women’s Pay and Employment in the European Community her work has developed in a number of directions, including research and publications on public service quality, the politics of time and working time, employment, and gender and trade unionism. We can learn a lot from her knowledge and experiences."

Lynn Middleton said the PSA PAEE launch would take place at the Parliamentary Banquet Hall on Thursday March 6 at 6.00pm with Hon Trevor Mallard, Minister of State Services as a guest speaker.

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