As we celebrate 122 years of women having the vote in New Zealand tomorrow, court battles to ensure women get paid the same as men show there is still a long way to go, Labour’s Woman’s Caucus chair Poto Williams says.
“It is a shame in this day and age that female aged care workers are paid $7 less an hour than prison guards – a job considered comparable.
“Labour remains committed to closing the gender pay gap and ensuring the work women do is valued.
“Wage inequality is not just a problem in the private sector. The Humans Rights Commission has found that 21 government agencies have a pay gap higher than 14.3 per cent.
“Labour has a proud record of fighting for women’s rights.
“This week 26 weeks paid parental leave became a step closer after a Member’s Bill from Sue Moroney passed its first hurdle. Labour’s plan has the support of the majority of the public and Parliament.
“However, even this crucial legislation could be scuttled by a National Government which has failed to prioritise women’s issues and whose decisions have reversed some of the gains that New Zealand women have made in leadership roles,” says Poto Williams.