Equal Pay for DHB Allied, Public Health & Technical
20 Dec 2019
For information about our pay equity claim covering work done by all members who are in predominantly female occupations and under the coverage of the Auckland and RONZ Allied, Public Health and Technical MECAs.
The PSA Allied Public Health and Technical Pay Equity claim is formally underway now with the signing of the terms of reference (see under the 'Documents' tab).
The next meeting is set for the end of January 2020, and invites for expressions of interest will go out in early January 2020 for a national committee comprising of DHB and PSA representatives to oversee the whole process and sign off on all major decisions
The Pay Equity Group
The Pay Equity Group comprises representatives from State Services Commission (SSC), Treasury, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and relevant government ministries (MOH or Education) to oversee all the claims.
The Government has also appointed a Crown Negotiator who will be working with them, the DHBs, and the governance group to settle the claims once undervaluation has been identified.
Our claim covers work done by all members who are in predominantly female occupations and under the coverage of the Auckland and RONZ Allied, Public Health and Technical MECAs.
The claim makes the case that employees in female dominated occupations have had their work undervalued because that work has traditionally been ‘women’s work’.
The DHBs have accepted our claim and agree that this work in DHBs is predominantly done by women and it is arguable that the work is currently and/or historically been undervalued, while noting that agreeing to proceed with a pay equity claim does not in itself predetermine a pay equity outcome.
In the few instances where the occupations under our coverage are not female dominated, we have advised the DHBs that if under valuation is identified (as we expect) in the female dominated occupational groups then in the settlement phase we will seek to ensure male dominated occupations maintain pay parity with the groups they currently have a relativity with.
The diagram below sets out the stages of the processes we need to follow to settle our claim:
Of all the claims filed so far in the DHBs (including Clerical Admin and Nursing) this claim is perhaps the most complex due to the large number of occupational groups it covers. However, the work and data that will already have been collected in the other claims will expedite this claim.