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Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill will re-introduce the previous Government’s pay equity legislation which was withdrawn from Parliament in November last year by the Labour Government.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.”
Maungakiekie MP Denise Lee has lodged as a Private Members’ Bill the previous Government’s pay equity legislation to ensure female-dominated occupations are not discriminated against in the workplace.
“This Bill creates a practical and fair process for employees to follow if they feel they are not being paid what their job is worth,” Ms Lee says.
The Bill was developed by the last National Government after recommendations from the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles.
“It is staggering that the new Labour-led Government wants to redo this work. The work has been done, the joint working group deliberated, but we are back at square one.
“We need to make immediate progress on improving gender equality in the workplace. Women in New Zealand need a clear process and need it now.
“This Bill allows parties to work together to address the gender-based undervaluation of certain professions.
“This Bill is a significant step toward closing the gender pay gap by ensuring female-dominated jobs are paid fairly.
"Women in undervalued and inequitable situations deserve better.”
National MPs Denise Lee, Simeon Brown and Jami-Lee Ross have today launched a petition to gather support for the East-West Link which is now uncertain under the new Government.
“In announcing that the East-West Link is being sent back to the drawing board, the new Government has clearly signalled it does not understand the urgency of Auckland’s congestion issues,” Ms Lee says.
“The value of this project to residents, businesses, and the council should make it of utmost importance to the new Government but all we have is uncertainty and the dismissal of a monumental amount of work that has been carried out to date.
“After a decade of planning and $50 million of investigative spending, you would expect that there was a clear direction on the project. This project has been through a fine toothed procedural process like no other. It is supported by council, iwi, and has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Inquiry.
“The current gridlock is a major barrier to commerce. This is making it difficult for people getting access to their basic daily goods. It is quite literally the bread and butter of transport projects.”
Mr Brown says many residents in Pakuranga work at or own businesses that would have benefitted from this project.
“With freight movements in the area expected to double by 2035 it is an important part of the solution to Auckland’s transport issues.
“The area targeted by the East-West Link employs approximately 68,000 people and contributes roughly $4.6 billion a year to Auckland’s economy. The key aspect of the project is to create a further connection between State Highway 1 and State Highway 20 and improve connections to rail and freight hubs in the area.”
Mr Ross says the hold up on this project means that the wider East Auckland area won’t see the full benefits that would be delivered by transport projects like East-West Link and AMETI.
“Botany is home to the growing East Tamaki industrial area, projects like East-West Link are very important for ensuring that freight can be moved more efficiently in the future.
“This is an important project that the Government has wrongly thrown into uncertainty. We will continue to push the Government to include the project in their plan and we encourage the public to show their support through signing the petition.”
The petition can be found here.