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

In October I was fortunate to attend the Council of Trade Unions Conference along with other members of the PSA delegation.

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Obituary: Lynn Middleton

PSA members and staff are deeply saddened by the recent and sudden death on November 13 of former PSA national secretary Lynn Middleton.

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Working for Free

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.

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Stand Up for Library Workers

At the launch delegate Chantalle Smith spoke of how research for their equal pay claim had found the skills required to do their job could be broken down into 22 separate categories.

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Mana Wahine: ‘Our passion is perceived as a threat'

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.

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Stark statistics help fight for equal pay and transparency

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.

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Fair Pay Agreements will give workers a fairer deal

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.

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Honours for workers on frontline

The inaugural Public Service Day – Te Rā Kāwanatanga was held last year so this is the second year the awards have been handed out.

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PSAY Hui Inspires Success

After joining the PSA earlier this year, the DOC worker decided to attend the PSAY Hui in August.

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Pasefika Voices on Climate Strike

The PSA proudly supported the School Strike for Climate in September. For some of our Pasefika members the effects of climate change are already hitting home. They tell us why they took part in the rally on Parliament.

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“It opens their eyes”: Sector Māngai elected at Hui

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.

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Reducing Māori Health Inequities

The convenor of Te Tira Hauora Kōmiti, a committee of Māori delegates across the DHB sector, presented their submission to the inquiry in November.

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‘It’s important to have Māori and female voices at the table’

Staff from the Ministry’s policy teams have attended UN indigenous rights forums in Geneva and New York.

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100 Years On - Labour is still not a Commodity

Its constitution still strikes a chord for those of us fighting for workers' rights:

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Your voice, our system

The forums will focus on mental health & addiction services, Māori health inequities, and disability services.

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Fearsome fighter

That’s because when she’s not involved in a tough round of negotiations, or doing her day job as a forensic technician, Kelly is likely to be found in the Muay Thai kickboxing ring.

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A lifetime of discovery

As a curator of the hugely popular Awesome Forces exhibition at Te Papa Museum, and co-presenter of TV show, Coast New Zealand, he has also helped bring science to a wider audience.

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Unity in Diversity

In the workplace union members seek to be visible, vocal and valued but for some workers being visible is a risk - not a right they are afforded.

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