NZEI calls on Bennett to remove Pay Equity Bill stumbling blocks
NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling on the Deputy Prime Minister, Paula Bennett, to demand Ministers change a draft Pay Equity
Bill and remove stumbling blocks that undermine her commitment to fix unfair pay for women.
In a surprise move, the Government yesterday released its draft Pay Equity Bill that introduces new hoops women would
have to jump through, which would severely limit their ability to get a fair outcome in a pay equity case.
"It's so disappointing that two days after care workers were celebrating a historic victory for pay equality, the
Government appears to be trying to undo the gains women fighting for justice and fair pay have made," Paul Goulter, NZEI
National Secretary, said.
"The Deputy Prime Minister said in February that pay equity for women was a priority for her Government. We call on her
to use her influence with her Cabinet colleagues to fix this Bill and make her commitment to pay equality for women
"As the deputy PM herself said: 'Occupations that are mostly made up of a female workforce shouldn’t be lower paid just
because this work is and has been mainly undertaken by women.'"
New Zealand Educational Institute
NZEI Te Riu Roa members work in every community in New Zealand, leading and advocating for quality public education.
We are the 50,000 principals, teachers and support staff who work in primary, area and secondary schools as well as
early childhood centres, special education and school advisory services. We come together as NZEI Te Riu Roa - New
Zealand's largest education union, a Treaty based organisation and a powerful advocate for quality public education.
We have the most important job in New Zealand - educating for the future.