Earlier this year the National/ACT government announced it would be closing the Department of Labour’s Pay and Employment Equity Unit, which was set up by the previous government to address the 12% pay gap experienced by women workers.
The excuse given by State Services Minister Tony Ryall was that ending discrimination and paying women what they’re worth might cost too much money.
The Council of Trade Unions and a broad coalition of community, employer, union, and academic groups don’t think this is good enough, and are organising a series of activities on June 30 calling on the Government to reinstate the Unit and start taking pay equity seriously.
In Wellington there’ll be a small lunchtime protest on Parliament grounds:
When: 12:30, Tuesday 30 June
If you work in the CBD make sure you round up your workmates at lunchtime on Tuesday and head down to show your support.
UPDATE: You can join the Facebook group here.
[Hat tip: No Right Turn.]