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


Mr Key, here’s one way to cut child poverty

Mr Key, here’s one way to cut child poverty - make Equal Pay a reality

Source: PSA


The National government could make a huge step towards cutting child poverty by 10 per cent, as called for by the Children’s Commissioner - with a single stroke of the pen, the PSA says.

Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft estimates there are 149,000 children living in poverty in New Zealand, and wants that figure 10 per cent lower by the end of next year.

The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi says the government could make a big move towards that goal by adopting the Joint Working Group’s recommendations on equal pay.

"Across New Zealand, tens of thousands of women are trapped in poverty wages - because the jobs they do are undervalued," Assistant National Secretary Kerry Davies says.

"Many of them work in the care and support sector, providing vital services to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to stay in their own homes.

"It’s hard work, both emotionally and physically, but someone has to do it - and most do it for the minimum wage.

"If their work were properly valued, their wages would increase dramatically, and this would allow them to give their children everything they need to grow, learn and thrive."

Ms Davies agrees with the Children’s Commissioner that the government is able to set targets for Smokefree and Predator-free initiatives - but this issue lacks a similar level of commitment.

"Unions, the business community and the Crown came together to establish the Joint Working Group and agree the principles - yet the government is dragging its feet on approving them.

"The women of New Zealand are Worth 100% - and so are their children.

"We call on the government to adopt the Joint Working Group’s principles in full, and take concrete steps towards fully funding them."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What Lessons The Greens Should Take From The Demise Of Winston Peters

Wondering about “if only" is one of those political games we all indulge in from time to time. For example: episode one of the latest season of The Good Fight TV series dropped us into a world where Hillary Clinton is the US President and Elizabeth Warren and Merrick Garland are Supreme Court justices, where rain forests are being saved and polar bears are coming back from extinction. Yet alarmingly, people keep on having these bad dreams about Donald Trump being the President... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>


Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>


Election: ParityBOT_NZ Processed Nearly 200,000 Tweets To Find And Fight Online Abuse Over The NZ Election

Auckland, New Zealand: Of the almost 200,000 tweets directed at women candidates that Areto Labs’ proprietary election Twitter bot, ParityBOT_NZ, processed over the New Zealand election period, nearly 4,000 were classified as toxic and triggered ... More>>

Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>


Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels