Here's a media statement about pay equity from the Working Women's Resource Centre, which hasn't been picked up anywhere as far as I know. Thanks to Ros for sending it to me.
The Working Women’s Resource Centre condemns the National Coalition Government for once again putting pay equity for women on the rubbish heap.More on pay equity here - Because we're worth it: Pay Equity Hub (updated earlier today)
The government has pulled the plug on pay investigations aimed at addressing pay gaps affecting social workers at Child Youth and Family and support staff working in schools. Both these workforces are primarily women.
“A law seeking pay equity for women was the first law a newly elected National government repealed in 1990,” says Ros Hiini spokesperson for the Working Women’s Resource Centre.
“Now, 19 years, later a national-led government is again scrapping moves to deliver pay equity for women.’’
“Women are not second class people and the work that is predominately done by women is not second- class work.”
“Equal pay for work of equal value should always be strived towards and once again the mechanism to reduce this inequity has been axed.”
“We call on the government to rethink the message they are sending to the women of New Zealand and uphold the principle of equal pay for work of equal value,” says Ros Hiini.