Gender pay gap grows to $4

Posted By TEU on Mar 5, 2015 |

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 5

The pay gap between men and women in New Zealand continued to grow last year. By December 2014 women earned $4 less for every hour worked than men.

In December 2014 men earned an average of $30.67 for every hour worked while women earned $26.55.

TEU women’s officer Suzanne McNabb says that is just one reason why International Working Women’s Day, which this year takes place on Sunday 8 March, remains such an important event.

A combination of poor employment law which harshly affects the types of jobs where most women work, and abandoning active measures to address structural barriers and promote employment equity mean that New Zealand’s pay gap is getting wider.

“The pay gap was measured four times last year, and four times it grew.  The average woman earns less than 87 cents for every dollar the average man earns. This is no good for women or for our economy.”


McNabb says International Working Women’s Day brings women together around the world to confront these shared issues.

“Twenty years ago, governments adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – a ground-breaking road map for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights.”

“Twenty years on, the challenges remain stark. The long shadow of government austerity continues to affect women heavily, cutting jobs where women have traditionally worked, slashing public services which women tend to rely on more than men and increasing their already disproportionate share of care responsibilities.”

On Sunday the global trade union movement will call for unions, governments, policy makers and business to adopt an economic agenda for women. The agenda includes a jobs and growth plan to increase women’s access to decent work. It includes economic agenda that will tackle structural barriers to women’s effective labour force participation, including through adequate investment in care provision, creating decent care jobs for women and men, family-friendly workplaces and workplaces free from violence. It is also an economic agenda that will lift women and families out of poverty and provide a sustainable model of growth.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Anti-union employment law starts tomorrow
  2. TEU seeks supporters for fair general staff pay
  3. Plan to rebuild adult and community education
  4. Europeans measure NZ’s academic freedom
  5. Academic poison gas protester symbol of conscience

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7 March 2015 is a nationwide day of action against the TPPA. Find your local action and get ready for a massive day of action against the TPPA this Saturday 7 March 2015 – It’s Our Future

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