Submissions open on Equal Pay Amendment Bill

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Submissions are now being accepted on the newly proposed pay equity legislation. 

The deadline to make a submission on the Equal Pay Amendment Bill 2018 is 28 November 2018

The proposed legislation is intended to make it easier for workers to file a pay equity claim within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework.

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway said "... the Bill followed all the recommendations of the reconvened and original Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles."

Dr Jackie Blue, Equal Employment Opportunities and Women’s Rights Commissioner, welcomed the proposed legislation while calling for additional, more proactive approaches to addressing pay equity.

For more information about the new legislation see:

For background information on pay equity and the gender pay gap see the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and the Ministry for Women.

For research and information about the links between pay equity and violence against women see our previous story

Update: The select committee has submitted their report on the Equal Pay Amendment Bill, recommending it be passed with amendments. The Law Society has provided an overview of the recommendations. 

Selected and related media

Government taking action to close gender pay gap, Beehive press release, 21.08.2019

Māori pay up slightly, Waatea News, 21.08.2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Government has 'more work to do' on gender pay gap, NZ Herald, 21.08.2019

Government must take the handbrakes off, deliver equal pay, Press Release: Public Service Association, Scoop, 21.08.2019

Supporting working women with pay equity: next steps, Beehive Press Release, 14.05.2019

Key changes urged to Equal Pay Amendment bill, Press Release: E tu Union, Scoop, 20.02.2019

Crown failure behind lower wāhine pay, Waatea News, 30.01.2019

Industrial action escalates at Ministry of Justice, Press Release: Public Service Association, Scoop, 26.10.2018

Pay equity milestone confirmed: PSA, Press Release: PSA, 24.10.2018

Govt's new pay equity bill slammed by campaigners, Radio NZ, 22.10.2018

Pay equity still an issue for wāhine Māori, Te Karere TVNZ, 22.10.2018

Pay Equity Amendment Bill: more snakes and ladders, Press Release: Coalition for Equal Value Equal Pay - CEVEP, Scoop, 22.10.2018

Gender Pay Equity for Social Workers in Aotearoa New Zealand, Re-Imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand Blog, 20.10.2018