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.
Mana Wahine claim gathers powerful evidence
More than a third of PSA members or 27,291 of you shared your pay information with us in our first union-wide pay survey in September.
The CTU Biennial conference in October was an opportunity to reflect on the significant gains made for working people during the Government’s first two years in power - and to challenge it to go further.
The PSA and other unions believe Fair Pay Agreements will offer a fairer deal for many of this country’s most vulnerable workers.
There’s a mix of old and new amongst the Sector Māngai elected at Public Sector, DHB and Combined sector hui in August and September.
From small town Aotearoa to the United Nations – it’s been a big year for one PSA member from Te Puni Kokiri.