"An ambition to do things differently": Gender Pay Gap Action Plan welcomed

Tags:

The hundred-year campaign for equal pay may be close to a conclusion with a set of concrete goals being released today, the PSA says.

After weeks of consultation, Eliminating the Public Service Gender Pay Gap: 2018-2020 Action Plan was released today in Auckland by Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter.

It sets out a roadmap for collaborative action between the Government, public service chief executives and unions, with timeframes and goals around issues like equal pay, flexible working, remuneration and HR systems and gender-balanced leadership.

"The PSA is thrilled at this strong commitment to close the gender pay gap in the public service, once and for all," PSA National Secretary Erin Polaczuk says.

"For years, the PSA has been saying that to dismantle gender pay inequities, we need to look beyond the simple question of whether men and women doing the same job are paid the same.

"Up to now, the system has been rigged - we need to look at the whole system, and this Action Plan does that."

Ms Polaczuk says it’s now up to the three parties (Government, chief executives and unions) to make this happen.

"The PSA changed its rules to ensure its leadership at all levels reflects the gender balance of the people it represents," she says.

"It takes ambition to do things differently, but it can be done.

"This Action Plan shows that same ambition, and we can’t wait to collaborate with the public service to make this happen."