I was amazed to read that State Services Minister Tony Ryall is cancelling pay investigations aimed at assessing the situation of grossly underpaid workers. This is like closing down the Waitangi Tribunal with the declaration that we no longer want to know about historic wrongs against Moari because we cannot afford to pay redress.And this was in today's:
As with Treaty breaches, there is no prospect that those in female-dominated professions will ever receive adequate compensation for past exploitation. But the mana of those involved requires that their situations are properly examined and policies and practices changed.
As for the restraint in demands for future fairness in pay, I am sure social workers at Child, Youth and Family and school support staff have some understanding of the global economic realities. There is room for state negotiation on limiting redress if there is a genuine commitment to solving the problem. Such a commitment is not demonstrated by cancelling the pay investigations for social workers and school suport staff.
Despite the Government's trying to portray itself as trying to deal even-handedly with different groups, Mr Ryall's statement signals continued harmful treatment of these largely female groups.
Ian de Stigter, Mt Albert
I trust the Government will now act to reduce the salaries of all women MPs and Parliamentary workers to 9.5 percent less than that of their male colleagues "in fairness to the taxpayer."To send a letter to the editor, you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow these rules:
That women social workers at Child, Youth and Family are paid 9.5 per cent less than their male colleagues beggars belief in the 21st century.
As a former social worker in Britain and a hospital soicla worker in NZ, I know my female colleagues worked as hard as and faced equally daunting situation as males, dealing with distressed, angry, abusive and, at times, aggressive people under a great deal of stress.
And this is not just child protection work, where the burntout rate is higher, but in all types of social work.
The axing of pay equity inquiries is not only an indictment of this Government but also previous Governments that allowed such an inequitable situation to continue.
Dick Ward, Taumarunui
- Put your letter in the body of the email, not as an attachment
- Keep it under 200 words
- Include your name, residential address and phone number (so they can check you are who you say you are, although in my experience they don't generally bother)
More on recent pay equity stuff here - Because we're worth it: Pay Equity Hub