Equal Pay Amendment Bill passes

Unequal pay for females (and i guess other non-males) is still an issue, but with the passing of the Equal Pay Amendment Bill it may keep improving.

RNZ: ‘Fixing the injustice’ – new law helps fight for fair pay

Parliament has passed a law making it easier for female-dominated workforces to negotiate the same pay as comparable male-dominated workforces.

The principle that women and men doing the same job in the same workplace should be paid the same is long-established, but the new law extends that to comparable workplaces.

It establishes a bargaining process for using such comparisons to determine fair pay.

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill was triggered by a claim that went to the Supreme Court in 2014, in which it was argued that aged-care workers were underpaid because they were mostly women.

Equal Pay Amendment Bill Passes with Unanimous Support

New Zealanders working in female-dominated professions will have a clearer pathway for pay equity with the passing of the Equal Pay Amendment Bill at 11:59pm this evening, say Minister for Workplace Relations, Andrew Little, and Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter.

“No one should be paid less just because they work in a female-dominated occupation – this is one of the biggest gains for gender equity in the workplace since the Equal Pay Act 1972,” says Julie Anne Genter.

“Most people do not want to take their employer to court if they can avoid it. This Bill makes it easier to raise a pay equity claim, and encourages collaboration and evidence-based decision making to address pay inequity, rather than relying on an adversarial court process,” says Andrew Little.

Employers already have a duty not to pay people differently on the basis of sex – this Bill helps parties to come to an agreement about what equitable remuneration would be, and makes court action a last resort rather than a first step.

Government, Business New Zealand and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions were strongly involved in developing the process for raising and resolving pay equity claims.

This Bill ensures that businesses, workers, and unions will find it easier to bargain effectively and fairly. It aligns with the bargaining process in the Employment Relations Act 2000.

Pay equity settlements benefit those who have been underpaid due to systemic sex-based discrimination – achieving pay equity and putting more money in the hands of the lowest paid workers has a significant positive impact on their lives, and is likely to have flow-on benefits to their whanau and the wider community.

“A modern and more effective system for dealing with pay equity claims is long overdue. It is just one step in a long journey towards gender equality, the work does not end here,” says Minister Little.

“This Government is taking action to ensure women are paid fairly. We are delivering for women by passing pay equity legislation, delivering record pay settlements for female dominated workforces, and closing the gender pay gap with the Action Plan in the public sector,” says Minister Genter.

All parties appear to have supported the bill.

It’s good to see some positive news from Parliament for a change.

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  1. David

     /  24th July 2020

    What a bloody ridiculous piece of nonsense. Pay someone what the market dictates..should mechanics get paid the same as a teacher given they train for just as long.

    • Blazer

       /  24th July 2020

      ‘. Pay someone what the market dictates..’

      What is the going rate for management ‘talent’ these days?

      I am thinking of Fonterra,FBU and the like!

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  24th July 2020

    Female unemployment was already higher than male, this may send it higher.


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