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12:18 pm, March 7th, 2015 - 42 comments
Categories: feminism, human rights, national, sexism, wages, workers' rights - Tags: Equal pay, gender pay gap, sexism, sexist national
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. A good day to ask why the gender pay gap in NZ is still growing.
One of the first legislative acts of the current National government was to abolish the Department of Labour’s Pay and Employment Equity Unit. (This action was completely in accord with their record on equity: “One of the first acts of the incoming National Government in 1990 was to dump pay equity legislation in place at that time”, and in 2002 it was Brash’s policy to abolish the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.)
Predictably, the fruits of this indifference:
GENDER PAY GAP GROWS TO $4
The pay gap between men and women in New Zealand continued to grow last year. By December 2014 women earned $4 less for every hour worked than men.
TEU women’s officer Suzanne McNabb says that is just one reason why International Working Women’s Day, which this year takes place on Sunday 8 March, remains such an important event.
A combination of poor employment law which harshly affects the types of jobs where most women work, and abandoning active measures to address structural barriers and promote employment equity mean that New Zealand’s pay gap is getting wider.
“The pay gap was measured four times last year, and four times it grew. The average woman earns less than 87 cents for every dollar the average man earns. This is no good for women or for our economy.” …
National are no friend of women, so why vote for them?