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Pay Equity Coalition submits on Equal Pay Bill

Pay Equity Coalition submits on Equal Pay Bill

The Pay Equity Coalition (PEC) Wellington present their oral submission to the Education and Workforce Committee on the Equal Pay Amendment Bill today.

The coalition chair, Sue O’Shea, said

“Generations of women have campaigned for equal pay. We want legislation that will support all women to enjoy their fundamental right to equal pay. This is an exciting opportunity

This Bill builds on the landmark case by Kristine Bartlett and unions who supported her, and is a once in a life time  opportunity for New Zealand to again  lead the way on equality for women and embed the right of working women to equal pay for work of equal value.

The PEC highlighted a number of improvements that could be made to the Bill to ensure the process of making and settling a pay equity is easy and accessible to all women, such as ensuring that all women have access to support and resources to bring a claim forward and the need for pay transparency in legislation to support women discovering and responding to pay inequities.

The submitters noted New Zealand’s commitments to equal pay under numerous United Nation Conventions and International Labour Organisation treaties which are binding obligations for the Government to uphold. Equal pay for work of equal value is a fundamental right and legislation will ensure and enforce that right.


Sue O’Shea, Chair


021 569 277

Equal Pay Events: 12 August 2017 Wellington, Auckland, Whangerei and Palmerston North

photos of Wgtn rally 12 August  Photos of Auckland 12 August    Whangerei & Palmerston Nth

 Equal Pay Week of Action: It’s time to pay the sisters the same as the misters

Media advisory : from Council of Trade Unions

 Equal Pay Week of Action: It’s time to pay the sisters the same as the misters

 Kiwis care about fairness. Ensuring that women are paid fairly and equally will be a key election issue. A week of action, Saturday 12 – Saturday 19 August, focused on the issues of equal pay will see events happening all around the country.

2017 has been a big year for equal pay with the huge success of the care and support settlement which saw union member Kristine Bartlett’s win equal pay on behalf of over 55,000 working women.

Most of the events planned will be celebratory; colourful, with music and dance. However they will also be future orientated. “The road to achieving equal pay for all continues to have potholes in it,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said. “The National Government seems determined to pursue a new law which will make achieving equal pay much more difficult. We will ensure that working woman and all those that support fairness and equality have their voices heard.”

For more information about what’s happening locally please refer to the table below – including local media contacts


Where When What Media contact
Toyota site
Carruth Street
(Opposite Pak’n’Save)
Saturday 12 August

10am for 10.30am start

Flash mob dancing to ‘She Works Hard for the Money’
Wear red!
Liz Boutet 021 416 541
Gather at Takutai Sq behind Britomart – march up Queen St to rally at the Suffrage Memorial Te ha o Hine Place off Lorne St
Saturday 12 August
11am – 12.30pm
March and rally MC – Michelle A’Court Speakers -Jacinda Ardern (Labour), Jo Goodhew (National), Jan Logie (Greens), Tracey Martin (NZ First) and Cinnamon Whitlock (Maori Party) Carol Beaumont 027 275 7374
Methodist Centre, 62 London St, Hamilton
Wednesday 16 August
4:30pm -6pm
Drinks & nibbles with Jackie Blue [EEO Blue. Commissioner]; Prof Margaret Wilson [UoW]; and Carol Webb [school support worker] Huia Welton

021 524 502

Palmerston North 
Meeting at the Te Awe Awe quadrant of The Square and marching to George Street
Saturday 12 August
March with flash mob dancing to She Works Hard for the Money at start and finish. Dance led by Public Service Association Youth (PSAY) Lisa Wilde 027 475 1884
Cuba St stage – near bucket fountain
Saturday 12 August
Rally & dancing Confirmed speakers –Kristine Bartlett, Vanisa Dhiru (Vice President National Council of Women), Suzanne Snively (Former Wellingtonian of the Year) & Richard Wagstaff (CTU President)

Wear purple!

Angela McLeod 027 497 2761
Pomeroy’s Cafés –

Pomeroys Coffee and Tea Co

Crema coffee cart (Church Steps)

Pomeroys City Store (Montgomery Square)

The Coffee Factory (16 Elms Street, Stoke)

Monday 14 –

Friday 18 August

Men pay $0.50 more per coffee.

Action supported by the Breeze Nelson

Pip Jamieson 027 247 2450
Cathedral Square
Sat 19 Aug 10.30am for 11am start Speakers Ruth Dyson, (Labour); Jan Logie, (Greens); Liz Gordon, (Pillars Children’s Charity) and Nancy McShane followed by The Equal Pay Dance. Wear red and black for Canterbury Nancy McShane 021 0816 2938
At the Exchange, corner of Princes and Rattray Street.
Saturday 19 August
Tea party

Dress theme: a woman who inspires you.

Lucy Gray

021 207 3651




National’s Proposed New Law Disappoints

Media release: Pay Equity Coalition (Wellington)


The Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill tabled yesterday by the Government doesn’t do what the Government promises it would do, says the Pay Equity Coalition (Wellington).

“The Coalition is disappointed because this Bill will fail to deliver equal pay for many women,” says spokesperson Angela McLeod.

“The Bill makes it harder and more expensive for women to make a claim by introducing additional barriers for women to take pay equity claims.”

“We question if the government is committed to achieving pay equity in New Zealand if this Bill does not enable a better process and pathway to equal pay.”

“Unfortunately, this Bill is a step backwards in achieving equal pay. Working women deserve better, we deserve a law which supports equal pay for work of equal value,” McLeod said.


For further information please contact

Pay Equity Coalition Spokesperson Angela McLeod – 027 497 2761


Pay Equity Coalition Wellington Submission on Draft Employment ( Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill

Pay Equity Coalition Wellington Submission May 2017

Government has an Opportunity to get Equal Pay Right


Given the lack of support for equal pay from the Government that voted against pay transparency, they have at least one last opportunity to put things right says the Pay Equity Coalition. The Pay Equity Coalition today lodged its submission on the Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill Exposure Draft calling on the Government to drop its amendments which will make it more difficult for women to pursue equal pay and pay equity,” says spokesperson Angela McLeod.

“The current legislation, the Equal Pay Act 1972 seeks to ‘eliminate and prevent discrimination, on the basis of gender, in the remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment’ and if changes aren’t made to the proposed new bill, this will not be achieved.

“After the great leap forward that care workers will receive a significant pay rise as a result of their pay equity claim, it is devastating to see the Government wants to make it even harder for future claims by making present legislation worse.

“The Government needs to stop stalling equal pay and take this opportunity to stand for women’s equality,” says Ms McLeod.


For more information and to schedule an interview please contact Angela McLeod on 027 497 2761

Pay Equity Coalition stands alongside education support workers

Media release: Pay Equity Coalition 

Pay Equity Coalition stands alongside education support workers

The Pay Equity Coalition stands alongside the three Ministry of Education support workers in their negotiations for equal pay which began today.

“Rest Home Worker Kristine Bartlett, in union with thousands of other aged care workers, have paved the way for equal pay in New Zealand. This new claim takes another historic step using the mechanisms from the new pay equity principles,” says Coalition spokesperson Angela McLeod.

“Three Ministry of Education support workers together in union with NZEI are calling on the Government to make good on their commitment to equal pay by accepting their claim that they are being underpaid because they are women.”

“These education support workers already have a comparator which was agreed by the Pay & Employment Equity Unit of the Department of Labour in 2007 – the Government needs to honour that agreement.”

“Education support workers are highly skilled and support the most vulnerable of our children who need special care due to their physical and behavioural needs. it’s unjust they’re not paid the same as others with similar skill sets.”

“Change is in the wind. It’s time for equal pay,” McLeod said.


For further comment

Angela McLeod, Pay Equity Coalition Spokesperson 027 497 2761