one more day before our pay equity faxathon. it's wonderful that so many people are getting involved in this positive action to overturn hon tony ryall's decision canning research into pay equity.
one of the themes that seems to be coming through in comments here and on other blogs is the totally incorrect notion that the fifth labour government did nothing about pay equity in it's 9 years term. which of course is bollocks. a quick search on google will bring you here, where you can get to a history of pay and employment equity here.
the history shows the work of the fourth labour government which brought in the employment equity act in 1990, pursuant to which "Ten pay equity claims were lodged with the Employment Equity Commission by unions representing large numbers of women members, prior to the repeal of the Act six months after it was introduced." being politically neutral, what the website fails to mention is that the repeal was the first bit of legislation put through by rt hon jim bolger's new government in 1990.
the fifth labour government created the post of equal employment opportunities commissioner, of which we have an excellent one in dr judy mcgregor. one of the pieces of work she has put out recently is the 2008 census of women's participation.
back to government departments, the ministry of women's affairs has been active on pay equity (as well as increasing women's participation in public sector governance, through it's nominations service), which lead to the establishment of the pay & employment equity unit in the department of labour (my first link above). the unit has been doing the work to establish evaluation tools for pay equity, and helping the public sector review equity issues.
on top of all of that work which has been going on quietly, the fifth labour government also reached major settlements with nurses and teachers. pay for nurses would have been significantly raised as a result of the 1990 act, but because of the repeal 6 months later, they had to wait 15 years.
so for anyone to say that the fifth labour government did nothing is either dishonest or just plain lazy. the information is, after all, readily available.