Library workers and their supporters wore purple on May 13, to mark the second anniversary of our library assistants pay equity claim.
Fifteen libraries took part in Wear Purple Day, and members from organisations such as Auckland Transport and the Capital Coast DHB also donned purple to show their support.
It was a highly effective way to raise awareness of the claim which was lodged with six councils; Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin on May 13, 2019.
We believe the claim has taken too long to progress, despite delays caused by Covid last year.
The councils want to explore the use of a commercial job evaluation tool to assess the role, but the PSA has advised them there are already tools available that satisfy the requirements of the Equal Pay Act, which were developed in conjunction with government, unions and employers.
The PSA/Councils joint working group met on June 2 to agree on the next steps required to settle the claim.
Main image: PSA members at Dunedin library
Our home support workers have some of the worst employment conditions in New Zealand, and the PSA is determined to help change that with a Fair Pay Agreement (FPA).
The PSA welcomes the Climate Change Commission’s advice that workers and unions help design a strategy that ensures the costs of transitioning to a low-emissions Aotearoa are shared fairly.