A Private Members’ Bill by National Party Maungakiekie MP Denise Lee to help achieve pay equity in female-dominated occupations has been drawn from the ballot this afternoon and will be debated in Parliament.
“This bill is a significant step towards closing the gender pay gap by ensuring female-dominated jobs are paid fairly,” Ms Lee says.
“The Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill will re-introduce the previous Government’s pay equity legislation which was withdrawn from Parliament in November last year by the Labour Government.
“The bill was developed after recommendations from the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles.
“It sets out a practical and fair process for employees working in jobs predominantly performed by women to follow if they believe they are not being paid what their job is worth.
“We are committed to achieving pay equity in New Zealand. Addressing and correcting the pay imbalance will benefit individual women, their families, and future generations of New Zealanders.”