Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


The government doesn’t value women in the public service

The government doesn’t value women in the public service

The government doesn’t value women in the public service and isn’t doing enough to address the pay equity problem says the PSA, New Zealand’s largest union representing public and community service workers.

The comment comes on the back of the release of the New Zealand Census of Women’s Participation from the Human Rights Commission.

“The government has shown time and time again that they are not interested in this issue. That they have no plan and no alternative to the pay and employment equity unit which they quickly disbanded,” says Brenda Pilott, PSA National Secretary.

The government got rid of the pay and employment equity unit in 2009 which was originally established to address the pay gap between men and women - a gap which still exists more than 36 years after equal pay legislation was passed.

“It’s more evidence of under-investment in the public service. The fact that 22 government departments have gender pay gaps bigger than the average pay gap across the total labour market tells you how much value the government places on public servants and the work they carry out,” adds Brenda Pilott.

Nine government departments have more than a 20 per cent gender pay gap, with two of those being in the government’s own back yard: Treasury and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The New Zealand Police Force, The New Zealand Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence were all poor performers with the latter offering the following explanation: “The Ministry of Defence does not have gender disparities in starting salaries that are not explainable and justifiable.”

“That’s just not good enough. You need to seriously look at the nature of work, the remuneration, progression and development put in place for women workers to address equity issues - they won’t just go away on their own,” says Brenda Pilott.

The Department of Corrections tops major public service departments implementing equal pay and pay equity, something that the PSA hopes other government departments can learn from.

“If Corrections can address pay equity in a traditionally male-dominated environment then other government departments can too. We need to take the best of what’s working there and employ the strategies elsewhere,” says Brenda Pilott.

Overall, the pay equity gap reduced in the public service but at 1% it’s not something that women in the public service will be celebrating.

“The 1% could reflect a blip – we know there’s a slight rise in the number of women on boards and in CE roles. But the facts speak for themselves. A 1% reduction does not hint at any concerted effort on behalf of the government," adds Brenda Pilott.

Pay equity is still a major concern in New Zealand.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news