Finsec Union Councillor Howden Graywas one of a group of several trade union leaders and MPs who took part in an action for Equal Pay day this week. Male leaders wore Equal Pay red bags to support the campaign to close the 12.4% gap between what men and women earn for every hour they work, and to show it’s not just an issue for women.
Howden said that the issue was very pertinent for Finsec members, the majority of whom are women.
“In ANZ National for example, we are helping to address pay inequities by ensuring that our largely-female casual staff are covered by the collective agreement and are in a better position to negotiate fair pay increases,” said Howden. “This would be a good move if we could spread this right through our industry.”
Howden said before the action, he wasn’t aware of how much the Government had dropped the issue of pay equity. “National cut all the last government’s pay equity initiatives. Government needs to have a role in ensuring we have fair pay for everyone.”
18 February is Red Bag Day – the day that women effectively start getting paid this year. Before 18 Feb, women were working for “free” – catching up with men’s pay from 2010.