Kindly leading the way to Equal Pay

Kindly leading the way to Equal Pay

As women began working for free in New Zealand on November 18, the PSA was working hard on a number of fronts to close the gender pay gap.

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.

Wāhine Māori have been working for free since October 12 due to a 22.1% pay gap.

The PSA continues to lead the charge to reduce that pay imbalance.


DHB Admin Health Committee: Caption: Equal Pay organiser Jo Taylor, DHB admin delegates Nancy McShane and Jennifer Rankin, and support worker Judy Robb at Health Committee appearance

It’s a significant claim which we hope will deliver equal pay to about 10,000 of the lowest paid workers in the public service, along with ACC and Kāinga Ora.A letter has gone out to chief executives in the public service, ACC and Kāinga Ora raising an equal pay claim on behalf of PSA members who perform clerical and admin, customer support, and call centre work in those agencies.

Their work has historically and is currently performed mainly  by female employees – and has historically and continues to be undervalued.

We’re now awaiting a response from employers to the claim.


DHB admin delegate Nancy McShane spoke to a submission on their equal pay claim before the Health Select Committee, in the same week women began working for free.

The submission urged pay increases for DHB admin workers be funded to recognise the historic undervaluation of their skill and expertise.

“We celebrate the appearance, which was a result of the 12,800 signatures we collected for our DHB admin petition,” says PSA equal pay campaign organisor Jo Taylor.

DHB admin workers also brought kindness to the equal pay fight by organising donations for local food banks in the lead-up to Christmas.


In the same week an event was held to establish a Wellington Women’s Network Hub.

It was one of a series of Women’s Network meetings taking place around the country to set up regional hubs.

The hubs will be led by members to increase regional activity on issues affecting women such as equal pay.

They will offer an opportunity for members to take on leadership roles, and grow their confidence and skills.

Earlier hub meetings were held in Christchurch and Nelson in October, while future events are being planned for Dunedin and Auckland.

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President's Message

Tēnā koutou e te whānau

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Obituary: Lynn Middleton

PSA’s first female national secretary and equal pay leader

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Working for Free

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Stand Up for Library Workers

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