No Excuses, Minister: We Need Mandatory Pay Gap Reporting Now

The message is loud and clear: the government must introduce mandatory reporting of pay gaps

Thirteen companies have answered the call from the Green Party, unions and community groups who have long called on the government to take action to address the gender pay gap.

“When companies, unions, community groups and the Human Rights Commission are all calling for mandatory wage gap reporting, the only option the government has is to act, says Jan Logie.

“For decades, successive governments have set the rules that allow organizations to avoid equal pay for equal work. As a result, revenues in Aotearoa are seriously imbalanced.

“Pasifika women earn on average about 75% of what Pākeha men earn. For every dollar earned by a Pākeha man, a Pākeha woman earns 89 cents.

“But when the organizations that get away with it are the ones calling for change, you know the government is out of step.

“Tens of thousands of Maori and Pasifika women across Aotearoa have less money for food, less money to pay bills and less money for their families.

“There is nothing in any of this that is acceptable.

“It is time for the government to listen and change the law to introduce comprehensive pay gap reporting.

“With a Green Party Minister for Women in the last term of government, we have started the work.

“Our then Minister for Women and the Minister for Labor in charge of Workplace Relations wrote to the Council of Trade Unions and Business New Zealand to confirm that the government would take forward work on pay transparency.

“But since 2020, very little has happened.

“For years the Green Party has pushed Labor and previous governments into action.

“Now businesses, unions and community groups all want the same action. There are no more excuses now, Mr. Minister. It’s time to step up a gear,” says Jan Logie.

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