Kate Shepherd’s legacy betrayed, say Pay Equity coalition

Suffrage Day was last Sunday, but the Pay Equity coalition of which Finsec is a member, say there is little to celebrate with government blocking work to close the gender pay gap.

“A series of actions underway to close the pay gap in the state sector, and followed up in the private sector, were abruptly stopped by the government last year,” said spokesperson Angela McLeod. “Gender pay reviews, and the action plans that resulted, were tangible ways for the government to close the pay gap between women and men, currently 12 per cent.”

McLeod says that suffrage day should be a celebration, to honour the work of Kate Shepherd and the suffragists who won the vote for women in New Zealand. “But there is not a lot to celebrate in the government’s attitude towards working women in 2010.”

“This government wants to take us from leading the world on fairness for women to lagging along behind or at best, stay with the pack”.

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