Campaigning for Equal Pay

Welcome to the PSA page for all things Equal Pay

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On this page you'll find a variety of information, resources, updates, and more, to help you follow PSA's efforts to achieve Equal Pay for all. Such as:

  • Equal Pay facts and figures
  • Progress updates for our various Equal Pay claims 
  • A background to Equal Pay at PSA
  • Equal Pay resources and documents 
  • Links to individual Equal Pay claim pages

It's 2020, and it's time women were paid 100%.
We need to keep our momentum up and ensure all working women are paid what they're worth.


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Jennifer Laulala talks about the effect of the gender pay gap, and the power of using your voice.

A court reporter and PSA member, Jennifer is an active committee member of the PSA Women's and Pasifika networks.

This footage was created for the Working Women's Resource Suffrage Fund project in January 2019. 

The gender pay gap is the difference between the average hourly rate for women and for men. It’s closing at a snail’s pace, and we’ve still got a long way to go.

Women graduates are paid, on average, 6 per cent less than their male counterparts at the very start of their careers. Within four years, they are earning nearly $5,000 a year less and the gap continues to widen.

In the public sector, women are paid 14 per cent less than men but it’s an average that conceals massive pay gaps, up to a staggering 42 per cent at the Ministry of Defence. In the community public services sector, support work is paid around one-third less than work with similar levels of skills and qualifications but largely done by men.

The gender pay gap represents a huge loss of earnings over a working life that can severely limit a woman’s choices and those of her children. It can mean the difference between a comfortable retirement and scrimping on food and heating costs.

Equal Pay Terminology 

Gender pay gap: Gap between women’s average pay and men’s average pay.

Equal pay: Same job, same pay. (Sometimes, Equal Pay includes Pay Equity.)

Pay equity:  Different job but of equal value, same pay.

Job evaluation: Tool to measure job size.


Click below to open the Champions for Change Gender Pay Gap factsheet

Gender Pay Gap

Click the icon below to open the corresponding Equal Pay Campaign page

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Admin & Clerical - Pay Equity Historic Milestone - 30 November media release + Stage 1 and 2


MBIE: Pay and employment equity

An employee’s pay, conditions, experiences in the workplace and access to jobs at all levels of their workplace should not be affected by gender.

MBIE: An Introduction to Pay Equity

A resource to help employees, employers, and unions understand the early stages of the pay equity claims process.

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Equal Pay Amendment Bill Flier 

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Pay Equity Poster A4

PSA Pay Equity Booklet 2015 Page 2

Pay Equity Booklet (2015)

Download the form below and invite your peers to become Equal Pay Advocates. 

Equal Pay Advocates are PSA members, male and female, who are the champions of pay equity in big and little ways in their individual workplaces and homes. Several of our sister unions have similar groups of members championing equal pay in their workplaces and our combined efforts can get the whole country behind us and achieve 100% equal pay in the next few years.

Download the Equal Pay Advocate Sign-Up Form


A Guide to contacting or visiting your Member of Parliament

A Guide to contacting or visiting your Member of Parliament (2020)

An Equal Pay Guide for CTU Unions 2019 Page 01

Equal Pay Guide for CTU Unions (October 2019)


The 3 Streams of Equal Pay 2019 Page 1

The 3 Streams of Equal Pay 

Stats on the ethnicity and gender pay gap from Coalition on Equal Value Equal Pay CEVAP 2009 2014 1 Page 1

Stats on the Ethnicity and Gender Pay Gap 2009 - 2014

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Omnibus Kete for Equal Pay Champions (December 2017)

A series of tools and resources designed to address pay equity, provided by the State Services Commission.

The structure of the tools and resources is set out in the pay equity arrow diagram below to help users navigate and find the components they need.

Pay equity work assessment is part of the pay equity bargaining process. The diagram below shows a process flow starting with workers raising a claim through to pay equity negotiations/settlement. This resource is a tool for gathering information from those who carry out the work. 

The questionnaire is designed to gather the information needed to apply the Pay Equity Factor Plan to assess the work. The following State Services Commission Te Kawa Mataaho (SSC) pay equity tools and resources relate to pay equity work assessment:

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Pay Equity Principles - The Process