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Coalition Celebrating Equal Pay Case Outcome

Media release: Pay Equity Challenge Coalition

28 October 2014

 

Coalition Celebrating Equal Pay Case Outcome

“The Court of Appeal’s decision declining the employers’ appeal in the Kristine Bartlett case is a huge victory for women workers” said Pay Equity Coalition Challenge spokesperson Angela McLeod.

“The Courts’ decision that equal pay may be determined across industries in female-dominated occupations revitalises the Equal Pay Act 1972 and will be a major factor in closing New Zealand’s stubborn 14 percent gender pay gap”.

The judgement by the Court of Appeal upholding the Employment Court decision again validates the work of caregivers and that they are underpaid, she said.

“We commend the Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota in taking this case and exposing the underpayment and undervaluation of aged care workers. And the decision is a victory for all the women’s organisations who have never given up fighting for equal pay,” said Angela MacLeod.

“We are celebrating today because the Court of Appeal agreed with the Employment Court that care workers deserve justice and equity in their wages. These workers are treasured by the people for whom they care and by their families. Now its time to reflect that value through fair and decent wages.”

The decision is available here: http://www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/front-page/cases/terranova-homes-care-ltd-v-service-and-food-workers-union-nga-ringa-tota-inc-and-anor

ENDS

For further comment contact Angela McLeod 027 497 2761

 

Pay Equity Challenge Coalition.

Convenor: Eileen Brown.  Telephone: (04) 802 3813. Media spokesperson: Angela McLeod. Telephone (027) 497-2761

Web: www.payequity.wordpress.com

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One Response

  1. Reblogged this on Utopia – you are standing in it! and commented:
    I wonder who will pay for this? Caregiver wages are funded out of a fixed budget allocated by the government.

    A higher wage will change the type of work that the caregiving sector will seek to recruit, as happened after increases in the teenage went minimum wage.

    When the teenage minimum wage went up in New Zealand, employment of 17 and 18-year-olds fell, while the employment of 18 to 19-year-olds increased because the latter were more mature and reliable than the younger contemporaries.

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