October 25, 2022
Transparency needed to close Māori pay gap bias
The Public Service Association’s kaihautu Māori hopes it won’t take another 50 years to equal pay parity for those still facing discrimination in the workforce.
The latest public sector pay equity report has fund 50 years on from the passing of the Equal Pay Act there is still a gap between the average pay of pakeha male public servants and their female, Maori and Pasifika colleagues.
The situation is even worse in the private sector.
Janice Panoho says while significant progress has been made to close pay disparities – there are still loopholes allowing employers to cheat.
“We need to look at minimising discretion within pay systems, having a more transparent, fair process looking at it in terms of pay inequities that are happening and also to eliminate systemic bias, discrimination and racism,” she says.
Janice Panoho, says Pasifika women continue to be the worst affected by unequal pay.