Government decision a welcome step towards equal pay for women – E tu

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The union that won the historic equal pay case has welcomed the government’s decision to implement the pay equity principles agreed by employers and unions.

E tū took the case on behalf of Kristine Bartlett against rest home, Terranova Ltd.

The Joint Working Group set up in the wake of the case delivered its principles for implementing pay equity for women to cabinet in June.

E tū’s Assistant National Secretary, John Ryall says it’s taken six months for the government to accept the Group’s recommendations, with the reservation regarding its preference for establishing comparators to guide claims.

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But he says, “I think this is a good step forward despite the concern over the comparators.

“There was consensus on the Joint Working Group’s report which opens up the process for women in female-dominated workforces to progress equal pay claims.”