As we celebrate the success of our sisters in securing voting rights 126 years ago, the PSA is leading the struggle for pay equality.
We’re pushing for equal pay across our union with the launch of new claims in recent months.
Our union wide strategy can be seen in the raising of claims for NGO social workers and social services workers at five not-for-profit providers. We’re also pursuing our claim for library workers in local government.
These claims along with our claim for DHB admin workers could be a springboard for claims for women doing similar work in other sectors.
“Work undertaken for one claim to prove women have been undervalued, could be relevant to another. This would save us from having to start from scratch with each new claim.
“We are promoting ways to speed up the elimination of discrimination, and robust processes to identify it” says PSA National Secretary Kerry Davies.
SPREADING THE WORD
The PSA has partnered with the National Council of Women and other unions to encourage members to wear black and white for pay equity on Suffrage Day.
“It’s a way to take the pay equity message out into the community, beyond workers who are actively pursuing claims,” says PSA Equal Pay organiser Jo Taylor.
“We want to demonstrate public support for closing the gender pay gap and to encourage the government to speed up implementation.”
EQUAL PAY LAW
The PSA also continues to push for stronger legislation through the Equal Pay Amendment Bill.
We are advocating for the bill to remove obstacles to accessing the courts, put time limits on bargaining, and make sector wide, multi-employer settlements easier.
PSA PAY EQUITY CLAIMS
It includes expectations public service leaders work in partnership with Māori to deliver services that work for Māori, and develop a workforce that reflects the community it serves.
While the Government’s plan for public service reform does not reverse many of the neo-liberal elements of the State Sector Act it still represents a significant step forward. The reforms will provide better mechanisms to enable cross agency work and help break down silos in government.
“As a school social worker I’m responsible for more than 600 kids and I earn about the same amount as I did twenty years ago working in a bank.”