Equal Pay by December 1, 2018.

Women shouldn’t have to work longer hours to earn the same as men.

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As an employer our government is currently one of the worst offenders when it comes to the gender pay gap*. With women working in education earning 20% less than their male colleagues and over 35% less for those working in the Ministry of Defence and Crown Law Office. This needs to change.

Sign this open letter to tell the government to lead by example and commit to closing the gender pay gap within state service departments in 2018.

To the Minister for women,

We are writing to you to express our support for Equal Pay.

Thousands of women, in all kinds of work are facing pay discrimination in New Zealand, in 2017. Many of them are employed in your own state departments.

As a society we seem to have accepted that it’s OK to pay men more than women for work of equal value. We do not agree with that.

We as a nation have decided that work that requires care and kindness is somehow ‘women’s work’, and isn’t paid as well. People in these industries – men and women – are underpaid because of the area they have chosen as their profession. Professions which benefit all of us.

This year we have made huge strides forward to closing the gender pay gap, but there is still a lot left to be done. Job segregation, bias, and historical undervaluation are all factors that influence what women are paid.

Equal pay for work of equal value is a human right. It is the right thing to do, and will benefit all of Aotearoa.

We need your support to make sure women are paid what they are worth. I am asking you to commit to ending pay discrimination for all women in 2018.

We want an official plan by December 1st, 2018, for how you are going to close the gender pay gap within the public and private sectors.

We look forward to supporting your effort to advance the rights of working women.

Yours sincerely,

The undersigned: 

*You can read a report on the Public Service Gender Gap, here: Gender Pay Gap 2015 (PDF, 268KB)