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
You may ask if it really matters who you vote for in your town or district when the world faces huge challenges like climate change and rising sea levels.
But those who work in local government say the decisions made by councils can make a "massive" difference.
A key component of the new Public Service Act is the inclusion of a section on the Crown’s relationship with Māori and Te Tiriti.
Working Life asked State Services minister Chris Hipkins how he is going to measure the success of the new look partnership.
Jacqueline Aberdein-Tapuai is a qualified and registered social worker with a Master’s degree - but the mum of four teenagers struggles from pay check to pay check.