Change is afoot in New Zealand’s vocational education system and staff  want to ensure that the changes includeembedding principles around pay transparency.

Members of Te Hautū Kauhurangi | NZ Tertiary Education Union have todaysent a letter to the Prime Minister signed by members and supporters fromWhangarei to Dunedin. They are asking Jacinda Ardern to once again be achampion for women.

“We’re asking the Prime Minister to help us push pay transparency as afundamental action for the planned NZ Institute of Skills and Technology,” saysSarah Proctor-Thomson, TEU Women’s Vice President.

“It’s not complicated to do and shows a real commitment to equity in thetertiary education sector.”

The unified vocational education provider would have to report annuallyon its gender pay gap, including the ethnicity/gender pay gap and make that informationpublicly available, says Proctor-Thomson.

Jacinda Ardern’s commitment to pay equity and the strong words aroundstaff wellbeing in the proposed charter for the NZ Institute of Skills andTechnology give us some hope that pay transparency is achievable.

Why is pay transparency important?

Because New Zealand does not currently have a legal requirement forbusinesses to report on their gender or ethnic pay gap, and employees do notknow what other people in the same or similar job or occupation are earning.

For women this secrecy is harmful and perpetuates gender inequality inpay rates, particularly for women from ethnic minority groups.

Media contacts

Sarah Proctor-Thomson, TEU Women’s Vice President, +64 21 02741092

Suzanne McNabb, TEU Women’s Officer,  +64 21 995 013