October 09, 2018
Hauora handicap drags Māori average down
Structural discrimination in the funding of Māori initiatives could be one of the factors leading to Māori women being among the lowest paid groups.
The Council of Trade Unions says a 28 percent gender pay gap with the male average means wahine Māori are effectively working for free for the rest of the year.
Te Rūnanga o Ngā Kaimahi Māori o Aotearoa co-convenor Laures Park says it's a way the undervaluing of Māori women's place in society is made visible.
Health funding is an example.
"The formula that is set up for Māori is automatically lower than for everyone else. if you are a registered nurse and you work for an iwi hauora you are on a lower salary immediately, even though your qualifications are exactly the same as everyone else," Ms Park says.
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