October 16, 2015
Gender equity promise welcomed
A leading Maori trade unionist is welcoming the Green Party's commitment to an equal gender split in Green Cabinet ministers if it becomes part of a future government.
Muriel Tunoho, the co-president of the new E Tu union formed out of the merger of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing and the Service and Food Workers unions, says the promise made by Green co-leader James Shaw to this week's Council of Trade unions conference was an important symbol of removing barriers to women’s advancement.
She says it isn't lack of ability keeping women out of senior positions but systemic discrimination based on gender, and having more women in senior positions in government will be good for democratic representation and an example for everyone else.
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