After months of collaboration, the Gender Pay Principles for the State Sector have been published – and they’re a proud win for unions.
The Principles set out an important road-map for how gender-based inequalities can be addressed and remedied. After the PSA filed a case against the State Services Commissioner, a joint working group was formed to hammer out the Principles. They will apply to the 31 Public Service departments in the State Sector Act, with a view to extending them more widely across the state sector in due course.
The five main Principles are:
- Freedom from bias and discrimination
- Transparency and Accessibility
- Acknowledging the relationship between paid and unpaid work
- Participation and Engagement
You can see more about the Principles and their application here.
Ministers Julie Anne Genter and Chris Hipkins spoke at the launch, along with PSA National Secretary Erin Polaczuk and the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Naomi Ferguson.
“The PSA is proud to have played a part in bringing these Principles to life, and it shows what can be achieved when workers stand together for a better working life,” Erin says.
“We are thrilled this important piece of work has been completed, and we look forward to the Principles being implemented across the State Sector.