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Eliminating gender pay gaps in the teaching profession now on the cards

The government has committed to eliminating the gender pay gap in the public service by launching new gender pay principles.

Finding and eliminating gender pay gaps in the teaching profession is now on the cards with the launch of new gender pay principles.

PPTA’s part-time pro-rata equal pay case is awaiting an employment court date, and these principles sit alongside that case as a way forward for fairness and equality.

Launched in June this year by state sector unions, State Services Minister Chris Hipkins, and Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter, the five principles are:

1. Freedom from bias and discrimination
2. Transparency and accessibility
3. Acknowledging the relationship between paid and unpaid work
4. Sustainability
5. Participation and engagement

The Gender Pay Principles Working Group

The Gender Pay Principles Working Group was established in June last year to agree on principles and actions for eliminating gender pay gaps in the state sector.

The group includes members from the state sector unions and representatives from the state sector commission, the ministries of education, health, justice, innovation and employment, and the Inland Revenue Department, with secretariat services provided by the Ministry for Women.

Unions involved every step of the way

PPTA Women’s Officer Liz Robinson said one of the key achievements was that, to implement the principles, unions must be involved right from the start and every step of the way.

“The role of collective negotiations as a key tool for reducing gender inequalities is embedded in the principles,” she said.

The principles also recognise that advancing Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles of partnership, protection and participation, and applying them in the workplace, is integral to achieving outcomes for Māori women, she said.

Significant progress for women who have waited too long

Hipkins and Genter said the launch of the principles marked a major milestone in the government’s commitment to eliminating the gender pay gap in the public service – a goal agreed through Labour’s confidence and supply agreement with the Green Party.
The working group was established following a claim filed against the State Services Commission.
“These five principles represent significant progress for women who’ve waited too long to be recognised fairly at work,” Genter said.
“I’m proud to be part of a government committed to eliminating the pay gap in the core public sector, and valuing women’s contributions, skills and experience across the board, including through unpaid work. These principles will guide all government work on gender pay and are a significant step forward for the whole of the State sector.

Ensuring the state sector is free from gender based inequalities

Hipkins said the principles’ purpose was to ensure working environments in the state sector are free from gender based inequalities.
“This government recognises that workplace gender equality must be addressed by policies around recruitment, remuneration, career progression, and many more, he said.
Each of the principles has an issue statement with information that shows how the principle links to the workplace. Further guidance is being developed and will be made available so employers and employees can use it.

For more information visit women.govt.nz

Eliminating the public service gender pay gap – 2018-2020 action plan (pdf) 

Last modified on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:51