This Admin Appreciation Day, give more than a box of chocolates

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Administrative staff up and down the country will be recognised tomorrow, and the Public Service Association is urging businesses, government agencies and NGOs to make it a day to remember.

Wednesday 20 April is Admin Appreciation Day - or to give it its proper title, Administrative Professionals Day.

The PSA’s calling for employers to do more than just a special morning tea or a bunch of flowers, and make a commitment to pay staff fairly.

A recent survey of the PSA found that a quarter of its members are involved in admin roles.

"Admin staff keep the public sector on its feet - ensuring New Zealanders across the country receive quality services, every single day," PSA National Secretary Erin Polaczuk says.

"But often these crucial workers aren’t paid what they’re worth.

"Admin is often seen as women’s work, and it’s not paid as well as work that requires similar skill and effort which is mostly done by men.

"We’d like to see employers choosing today to make a commitment to Equal Pay for admin staff."

The PSA is currently involved in the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles, which involves the government, business and the CTU with other affiliated unions.

The Group’s expected to report back at the end of this month.

"Today’s a good day for employers to remember their admin staff are Worth 100%," Ms Polaczuk says.

"Without admin staff, the public service would struggle.

"Let’s reward them fairly for the job they do, and start by making a commitment to Equal Pay."