January 29, 2019
Wahine pay gap to get tribunal scrutiny
The Waitangi Tribunal has agreed to hear a claim from the Public Service Association rūnanga that government policies have relegated generations of wāhine Māori to low paid jobs with working conditions that leave them extremely vulnerable.
Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina member Georgina Kerr says it will include the failure of the education system to adequately prepare wāhine Māori for meaningful employment, the failure to eliminate bias and discrimination in the workplace, and the failure to consistently fund services that should be enhancing the lives of Māori wāhine and their whānau.
Latest figures from the State Services Commission show while Pākehā women in the public service earn 13 percent less than their male counterparts, wāhine Māori earn 22 percent less than Pākehā men.
PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay says supporting the claim as part of tribunal’s Mana Wahine Kaupapa inquiry has been a priority for the PSA executive board.
It also recognised the Government has made employment equity a priority and is open to direct dialogue with those representing wāhine Māori.
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