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NZNO member receives Union award

Media release                                                       14 July 2017

Dilani Perera – a workplace leader for Equal Pay

At the Council of Trade Unions’ Women’s Conference tonight in Wellington, NZNO delegate Dilani Perera was honoured with a Leadership and Commitment on Equal Pay Award.

Dilani is an NZNO member leader who has worked throughout the recent Equal Pay Claim for Caregivers to generate support and publicity for the claim. All 55,000 workers in the affected sectors are expected to see their wages increase to between $19 and $27 over five years. (

NZNO Industrial Services Manager Cee Payne, congratulating Dilani Perera on the award, says she is being recognised for her commitment to the claim, her consistent communications to members and her leadership throughout.

“Dilani was extremely active during the campaign period over many years from the very beginning right through to the end,” Ms Payne said.

“She featured in our videos explaining the meaning of equal pay, spoke with MPs at parliament and welcomed a Member into her Johnsonville workplace for Caregiver’s week.

“Dilani organised her colleagues, giving strength, passion and humanity to the equal pay campaign. Dilani and members just like her made this historic settlement possible. We are very proud of what she has bravely achieved for the equal pay movement in New Zealand.”

Photos from the event will are on the NZNO Facebook page.


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