The Government has axed two investigations aimed at improving the pay of women as it tries to save money by controlling public sector salaries.
The inquiries were aimed at female social workers at Child, Youth and Family, who are paid 9.5 per cent less than their male colleagues, and at inequities in the pay of mainly female school support workers.
But State Services Minister Tony Ryall said the investigations would "generate an additional form of remuneration pressure that is unaffordable in the current economic and fiscal environment".
I think the article in print may actually be longer than the version on-line? I'll check when I'm back at the screen face late today.
These investigations were not just two in isolation; they are actually part of a roll-out of pay equity measures right across the state sector, which had yet to get to the big groups of public employees. Labour's plans (someone correct me if I have this wrong) were to do the public sector first as a way of putting pressure on the private sector to address pay equity too.
But paying women workers a fair wage is just too costly. Clearly, ladies, we are not worth it.