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You showed them it mattered!

You showed them it mattered! Thanks to all 300+ of you who turned out in the freezing cold on Tuesday 30 June to demand action on pay equity from the Government.

pay equity demo at beehive

•  Video news report from TV3Breakfast on One (50 seconds in) •  Front page of the Dominion Post (or pdf)  • Photos of the Wellington rally (more here)   •  Photos of the Auckland rally • YouTube clip of rally

Thanks to all our Pay Equity coalition partners:

Womens’ Studies Association • NZUSA • Business and Professional Women of NZ • Workplace Wellbeing Project • Working Women’s Resource Centre • National Network of Stopping Violence Services • Coalition for Equal Value for Equal Pay (CEVEP) • Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) • Rural Women NZ • CTU • PSA • NZEI • PPTA • NZNO • TEU • EPMU • SFWU • NDU • DWU • Finsec • Unite • MUNZ • CANZ •

And thanks to all the retailers who took part in the promotion  offering 12% discounts to women on the day:

Andrea Moore,Old Bank Arcade • Unity Books, 57 Willis Street • Hair Essentials, The Grand Arcade,Willis St • Flowers on Featherston, 142 Featherston Street  • Midnight Espresso, 178 Cuba Street • Café Neo, 132 Willis Street • Backbencher Pub and Café, 34 Molesworth Street • Deluxe Cafe, 10 Kent Terrace • Wineseeker, 86-96 Victoria Street • Frutti, 176 Cuba St • Iko Iko, 118 Cuba Mall • Starfish, 128 Willis Street • Tempest, 160 Cuba Street • and also Astoria Cafe, Midland Park, Lambton Quay for donating coffee vouchers to low-paid teaching support staff •

Please reward these businesses with your custom next time you are in town – they deserve it!

What next?

Just because the rally has happened doesn’t mean it’s all gone quiet – the Pay Equity Challenge has only just begun! Further events are planned and we will keep up pressure on the Government until we see some real action.

If you want to stay informed or get involved follow the Facebook links above, or if your organisation wants to be part of the coalition supporting the Pay Equity Challenge, contact Eileen Brown at the NZCTU on (04) 3851334 ext 813, or eileenb@nzctu.org.nz.

Further information:

What is the Pay Equity Challenge?

Helen Kelly: Speech to International Labour Organisation, 11 June 2009

Older Pay Equity articles

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