Working women deserve better says CTU

Council of Trade Unions President Helen Kelly has slammed the government decision to can two government investigations into pay and employment equity for women.

Enquiries into why female social workers at Child, Youth and Family are paid 9.5% less than their male counterparts, and inequities in female school support workers’ wages have been scrapped by the Government due to cost.

“It is one thing to urge pay restraint in the public sector but quite another to endorse the unfair underpayment of these workers,” said Helen Kelly. “The Government is effectively telling its own female employees that it doesn’t care if it is discriminating against them.”

“The Government’s actions send out an unacceptable message to other employers in New Zealand. We say that the economic situation cannot be used to justify discriminatory pay and conditions.”

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