“Labour's comprehensive plan to reduce the gap saw it close to 11.94% in March 2009, but since National closed down the Pay and Employment Equity Unit in June 2009, the pay gap has opened to 12.81% in just one year,” Sue Moroney said.And here's a bit from the Greens' release:
“In June the Minister of Women’s Affairs tried to claim that the gender pay gap had narrowed since her Government took office. These numbers clearly show that the gap is as wide as ever,” Green Party Women’s Affairs Spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.
The Quarterly Employment Survey, released today by Statistics New Zealand, includes measures of the average hourly wages of men and women. Comparing the two shows that women earn on average 12.81 percent less than men, up half a percent since March.October will be crunch time for the Minister, Pansy Wong, as that's when the NZ Income Survey comes out. And that's the source she used back in March to try to show that the gender pay gap had lessened under National. As I wrote at the time:
Fair enough. Even if the period she is crowing about was almost half under the previous Government, and not her National party, and even if by the end of the June 2009 quarter any new policies National had put in place on pay equity would not have had much effect. Oh but wait they didn't put any new policies on pay equity into effect, they just abolished efforts the last Government had made. Nevermind all that.All the indicators to date are for a bigger gap in October. While I don't really want a bigger gap, because what it means is that women are being paid even less than they were, in comparison to men, I would like to see this Minister held to account for her inaction. And exposing her on the basis of statistics she used to mislead back in March sounds like an appropriate first step.
So Wong is safe, for now, with her statement, because she has compared apples with apples, even if it is not an apple her Government grew. It shall be interesting to see in October whether the NZ Income Survey ending June 2010 backs her up.