Pay equity rocks

The Pay Equity Challenge Coalition (of which Finsec is a member) this week highlighted New Zealand’s gender pay gap by reminding the Minster of Women’s Affairs Pansy Wong of her promise to “leave no stone unturned in trying to close the pay gap.”

Five large stones were placed on parliament grounds and were then “turned” with five simple suggestions underneath to highlight what the Minister could do to close the 12% gap between men and women’s hourly earnings in New Zealand. These included adopting legislation to guarantee pay equity, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and increasing access to quality early childhood education.

“Come on National – how are you going to work with employers and unions across both public and private sectors to reduce the pay gap?” asked Coalition Spokesperson Angela McLeod.

Finsec Campaigns Director Andrew Campbell spoke at the rally calling on the Government to provide leadership on the issue, saying it was cruel to leave it to the women currently most disadvantaged by gender pay issues to resolve this problem with no help.

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