This would be worrying on it's own, but the fact that Thompson leads the major employer body in New Zealand, the EMA, leaves me chilled. These are the views he encounters when he talks to the employers he represents, and what echoes around the EMA and thus to other bodies it has a close relationship with like other employer bodies, the Business Round Table, and so on.
I wonder what it feels like today to be a woman employed by Thompson? Or a woman in his family?
There are some great posts out there about this already by others, here's just a few of them, feel free to add more in comments.
unequal pay is ok with employers & manufacturers association - stargazer
This is what makes periods painful - stef
I'm sick of this bullshit. Period. -Tallulah Spankhead
I would like to add one thing to this discussion - which is to point to the EMA's media statement which went up on Scoop around ten minutes ago. I believe this statement makes things worse, because it includes this kind of rubbish:
"Alasdair Thompson, chief executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association, says its only right that women should be paid more than men when their output and productivity is greater than men.We are not talking about higher pay for women, we are talking about equal pay. The problem is now that men are getting higher pay, as a group, and if you turn Thompson's statement above around then assumedly he means that men get higher pay than women because they're doing a better job than women. Is it just me or did he just say something incredibly sexist? Again.
We back higher pay for women when they're doing a better job than men, he said."