The Green Party has announced today that it will make public sector chief executives responsible for achieving pay equity for employees of core Government departments within its first term in Government.
The Green Party will make gender pay balance a performance expectation for each chief executive across the core state sector. Green Party MP Jan Logie announced the move at a Pay Equity Coalition rally in Auckland today.
“Women have been underpaid and undervalued for too long. The Green Party will ensure that women who work for the Government are fairly paid by 2020,” said Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie.
“The Government should be leading the way towards pay equity. It is a major employer so this will have a huge positive impact on the lives of women.
“At the moment, the Crown Law Office pays men 33 percent more than women. The State Services Commission pays men 22 percent more than women. Responsibility needs to be within each government ministry. Specifically, chief executives need to take action to address this unfairness.
“There has been a calculated decision to pay some people less than others, and women deserve to be paid more than they currently get.
“The wider public sector and private sector organisations with Government contracts will be required to report on their gender pay outcomes, advertise all starting salary bands and achieve gender pay balance by 2025 as a condition of their contracts.
“Chief Executives will be expected, with unions, to identify female-dominated jobs across the public sector. They will then need to do a proactive assessment for the skills, responsibility, experience, and work conditions of that job, and pay women what they would be paid if it was a similar male-dominated role.
“We have talked with experts and unions and we believe this timeframe is achievable.
“It’s time for a bold government move on pay equity, and the Green Party in government will make that happen,” Ms Logie said.