From November 18 New Zealand women effectively began working for free until the end of the year because of the 11.9% pay gap between men and women.
For Pasefika women the statistics are even more damning – they’ve been working for free since September 29 due to a 25.5% pay gap. The pay gap is almost as dire for wāhine Māori – a 22.1% pay gap left them working for free since October 12.
The PSA continues to lead the charge to reduce that pay imbalance.
You can read more about our efforts including the launch of a libraries campaign, the DHB Admin workers’ select committee appearance and donation drive, a new claim for public service admin workers, and the establishment of regional Women’s Network Hubs later in the journal.
Research being undertaken for our Mana Wahine treaty claim is throwing light on the causes of the pay gap and other employment inequities suffered by wāhine Māori, see more here.
And thanks to your massive response to our first-ever unionwide pay survey, we can tell you more about gender and ethnic pay gaps across the PSA – and how we plan to use the survey results to give you pay transparency through a new online pay tool here.
A survey of wāhine Māori in the PSA has drawn a fantastic response - with more than 900 members taking the time to tell us about their employment experiences.
Your salaries generally reflect the gender and ethnic pay gaps seen in the wider workforce with Pākeha men well out in front of other groups.
That’s why we’ve made a submission on the Government’s new discussion document on FPAs and have been encouraging members to make sure their voices are heard.
Their role is to organise and advocate for Māori members in their sectors. They also represent their sectors on Te Kōmiti o Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Awhina and on sector committees.
Staff from the Ministry’s policy teams have attended UN indigenous rights forums in Geneva and New York.