Historic step forward for gender equality with implementation of Pay Equity Recommendations

Historic step forward for gender equality with implementation of Pay Equity Recommendations

November 24, 2016

The Human Rights Commission has today welcomed the Government’s decision to implement the recommendations of the Joint Working Group for Pay Equity Principles, saying it signals the start of significant change in addressing pay equity and the realisation of a fundamental human right.

“Today’s announcement is another historic step forward for gender equality and for all New Zealand women. By revaluing the work women do, particularly in low paying professions, I am hopeful that the gender pay gap will reduce further,” Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says. 

“The adoption of the Principles will require amendments to the Employment Relations Act and the Equal Pay Act, which will give the opportunity to the Government to legislate for pay transparency.

“We are strongly advocating that New Zealand follows in the steps of countries like the UK, where from 2018, businesses with over 250 employees must disclose what they are paying in salaries and bonuses to their male and female staff.

“We have already seen great leadership from the State Services Commission in publishing the gender pay gap data of public service departments and are hopeful that through legislative changes, private businesses will soon do the same.

“We are pleased with the progress so far, and look forward to the thoughtful and considered implementation of this important piece of work,” Dr Blue says.

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