MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Equal pay for International Women's Day

A successful court case that paves the way for better pay for work performed predominantly by women is in no way a justification for the Government to weaken laws around equal pay, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.

“Sunday is International Women’s Day and the best gift this Government could give New Zealand women is a promise that it won’t tamper with the law to stop women like rest home worker Kristine Bartlett from getting paid what their work is worth.

“The outcome of this court case would do much to close the gender pay gap, which National says it wants to do, but it first has to take a positive approach to valuing women’s work.

“National has made no progress on achieving its targets for greater economic independence, women’s leadership or improved safety for women.

“In fact it has gone backwards on some measures – we now have in Minister Louise Upston someone who has even suggested beauty pageants are a way forward for New Zealand women.

“That is a sure sign the Government has no new ideas.”

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.