Pay Equity Coalition activists were out in force in central Wellington today, as part of an international Red Bag Day campaign.
Red Bag Day, organised in New Zealand by the NZ Federation of Business and Professional Women saw volunteers out and about talking with communities and selling red bags to draw attention to the pay gap between women and men.
“In New Zealand there is a 12% gender pay gap per hour, but in some workplaces the pay gap is as great as 35%” says Pay Equity Coalition Spokesperson, Angela McLeod.
Today marks the day women start climbing out of economic deficit.
“The gender pay gap is cutting family incomes, pensions, investments and tax revenue and reducing productivity.
“Women are more likely to work part time and in poorly paid industries and women sill significant restrictions on their career opportunities.
“A gender pay gap is neither economically sensible nor socially justifiable,” says McLeod. “Women are no longer prepared to accept this basic unfairness and the Government must show leadership and articulate its strategy to reduce the gender pay gap”.
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