Media Release 5 March 2018
Cabinet to get working group pay equity recommendations
NZNO commends the government on following through on their election promise to relook at the principles for pay equity claims.
Cee Payne NZNO Industrial Services Manager, and member of the joint working group, on Pay Equity principles says, the pay equity comparator issue needed urgent attention.
"It was necessary for progress on pay equity that the government develop legislation that enables women to choose the best male occupations to compare their skills with,” Cee Payne said.
“The previous government’s pay equity legislation was convoluted and unfairly required women to go through several unfair barriers before being allowed to select the right male occupation.
“Having a more straight forward and simple process to determine if women can proceed with a pay equity case was also a significant improvement in the revised pay equity principles, and is welcomed,” she said.
Cee Payne comments that it was fantastic to reach tripartite agreement between employer, government and union representatives – on all matters related to the new pay equity principles.
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