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No stone unturned at Parliament today

The Pay Equity Challenge Coalition marked the first anniversary of the axing of the Pay and Employment Equity Unit today with a clear message to the Minister of Womens Affairs – to make good the promise she made last year to “leave no stone unturned in trying to close the pay gap.”

paeeHard hats, high-vis vests and work boots were the order of the day as hard-working rock lifters turned over five large stones on Parliament grounds to reveal five solutions to the gender pay gap:

  • Pay Equity legislation
  • Increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour
  • Guaranteed access to high quality early childhood education
  • Practical support for employers and unions to implement pay and employment equity
  • Implement pay and employment equity reviews and remove the ban on pay investigations

Pay Equity Challenge Coalition spokesperson Angela McLeod said she expected Womens Affairs Minister Pansy Wong would be thrilled that all the hard work had been done for her, and the Coalition looked forward to these solutions being actioned.

NZPA reported on the event here.

Later in Parliament, MPs quizzed the Minister of Women’s Affairs on the issue – watch the debate below.


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