Pay equity commitments

Jacinda Ardern speaking at a pay equity rally today, where amounts other things she committed to pay equity for mental health workers – that won’t be cheap so must be factored in to Labour’s spending promises, but I think it is just. and needs to be done urgently.

Pay equity to be a priority for Labour

Labour will make sure that the country’s mental health workers are a priority when it comes to pay equity negotiations, says the Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“It is very important for me to right the wrong created by National’s exclusion of mental health care workers in the TerraNova equal pay settlement

“We all want a just agreement that will stop the potential exodus of talented carers. It’s in everyone’s interests to ensure that these important workers are paid fairly, and that they continue their vital work.

“A settlement has become crucial for the country’s health as in the past nine years there has been a 60 per cent increase in Kiwis with mental health problems trying to access help through District Health Boards and other agencies.

“I want these mental health and addiction support workers left out of the pay equity deal to know that Labour will not let them down.

“The Pay Equity legislation the Government introduced this week will also be scrapped and redrafted when we are in office. The current legislation means we will never again see a settlement like the TerraNova settlement, or genuine pay equity achieved for our sisters, mothers, daughters and granddaughters. That’s just not right in 2017.

“Labour pledges that his will be a priority for us. This injustice must be righted,” says Jacinda Ardern.

Greens: Women who work for Govt to be paid fairly by 2020

The Green Party has announced today that it will make public sector chief executives responsible for achieving pay equity for employees of core Government departments within its first term in Government.

The Green Party will make gender pay balance a performance expectation for each chief executive across the core state sector. Green Party MP Jan Logie announced the move at a Pay Equity Coalition rally in Auckland today.

“Women have been underpaid and undervalued for too long. The Green Party will ensure that women who work for the Government are fairly paid by 2020,” said Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie.

“The Government should be leading the way towards pay equity. It is a major employer so this will have a huge positive impact on the lives of women.

“At the moment, the Crown Law Office pays men 33 percent more than women. The State Services Commission pays men 22 percent more than women. Responsibility needs to be within each government ministry. Specifically, chief executives need to take action to address this unfairness.

“There has been a calculated decision to pay some people less than others, and women deserve to be paid more than they currently get.

“The wider public sector and private sector organisations with Government contracts will be required to report on their gender pay outcomes, advertise all starting salary bands and achieve gender pay balance by 2025 as a condition of their contracts.

“Chief Executives will be expected, with unions, to identify female-dominated jobs across the public sector. They will then need to do a proactive assessment for the skills, responsibility, experience, and work conditions of that job, and pay women what they would be paid if it was a similar male-dominated role.

“We have talked with experts and unions and we believe this timeframe is achievable.

“It’s time for a bold government move on pay equity, and the Green Party in government will make that happen,” Ms Logie said.

 

6 Comments

  1. David

     /  August 12, 2017

    “At the moment, the Crown Law Office pays men 33 percent more than women. The State Services Commission pays men 22 percent more than women”

    Is that because men are just better than women, or because men work longer hours and make it to more senior positions?

    Perhaps the better idea would be to employ more women, get rid of the men, and therefor reduce the operating costs of the Crown Law Office and the State Services Commission.

  2. David

     /  August 12, 2017

    ““Chief Executives will be expected, with unions, to identify female-dominated jobs across the public sector. They will then need to do a proactive assessment for the skills, responsibility, experience, and work conditions of that job, and pay women what they would be paid if it was a similar male-dominated role.”

    Ah, so we are back to price fixing and the planned economy. Equality here we come!

  3. adamsmith1922

     /  August 12, 2017

    I am surprised the public sector is so behind in this area. It would be interesting to know how the numbers quoted were compiled. Are we seeing chalk with chalk or chalk with cheese. Many private sector firms already pay all staff on skills, experience and performance. Gender tends not to be a factor.

    • Gezza

       /  August 12, 2017

      Tbh I don’t believe it. The two Departments I worked in paid exactly the same salaries to whoever occupied the same level positions. At the very top echelons it didn’t matter whether the idiots were male or female, they still got paid the same. Admittedly that was 10 years ago now, but I doubt it’s changed.

  4. srylands

     /  August 13, 2017

    This policy is incomprehensible. Women in the public sector are already paid the same as men for the same roles. I have been working in and around the state sector for a very long time. I have never heard a woman suggest otherwise.

    What is true is that women predominante lower paid roles. It is very misleading to call that a “pay equity” problem. There has been a concerted effort to employ more women in senior roles. That effort will continue across multiple fronts from organisation culture to education and simply focussing on the aspirations of women.

    I don’t see how chief executives could implement the Greens policy. It is based on a false premise. Just saying “pay women more” will result in farce and distraction from the real issues.

    • David

       /  August 13, 2017

      “Just saying “pay women more” will result in farce and distraction from the real issues.”

      What makes you think this isnt the actual policy?