The New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW NZ) is hailing the long awaited Government decision to begin talks with unions and other interested groups about the principles of equal pay as a positive step forward.
“Over forty years after the passing of the Equal Pay Act 1972 we are finally going to begin discussions about what equal pay means and the principles that underpin it,” says President Vicky Mee.
“Having one working group establishing common ground is a sensible move rather than the sector by sector court cases which were being rolled out.
“BPW NZ looks forward to negotiations on fair pay for care and support workers as well as a fresh look at many female dominated occupations where the work is undervalued and structural pay discrimination is common.
“Our federation congratulates Kristine Bartlett and her union once again on successfully proving that the pay of care workers does not meet the requirements of the Equal Pay Act 1972. Their challenge along with the sustained work of many equal pay activists, including BPW NZ, is driving this initiative,” says President Vicky Mee.
“This is not a women’s issue. This is a society issue as we move forward into the 21st century and hold onto a vision of men and women being recompensed fairly for the value of their work,” says Mrs Mee.
For further information or to schedule an interview please contact:
President, Vicky Mee 021 1168 948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or Vice President Issues Hellen Swales 0275286799 or email VPIssues@bpwnz.org.nz