Media advisory: Wgtn women public servants to present giant invoice on Working for Free Day


Women members of the Public Service Association (PSA) will hand over an invoice representing the 14.1% gender pay gap in the public service on Monday, the first Working for Free Day.

May 11 represents the day that women public servants effectively begin working for free compared to their male colleagues.


What: Handing over of giant invoice on Working for Free Day

Who: Women public servants and supporters, joined by Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the ITUC (the global union umbrella body)

Where: The Treasury, 1 The Terrace, Wellington

When: 12.35pm, Monday May 11


Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary, said “The 14.1% gender pay gap for women is a stain on our public service,”

“Women make up 60% of the public service but are often concentrated in lower paying roles and missing from much of the senior leadership.

“From May 11th, women in the public service are effectively working for free while their male colleagues continue to get paid.

“The undervaluing of women has a huge impact on their lives, the lives of their families and the whole New Zealand economy.

“The PSA says women are worth 100% and it is time for the Government to pay up,” said Erin Polaczuk.