The Human Rights Commission has called for the Government to establish a pay transparency agency to ensure everyone knows who is paying women fairly and who is not. For too long in New Zealand we have not paid women what they are worth and the only way to force change is to provide transparency. My colleague Iain Lees-Galloway says this agency would be a ‘vital step in addressing decades of discrimination’ and I agree. It’s just not good enough in the 21st Century, after 125 years of suffrage, that women are still paid less than men, we can do better and we should proactively aim to do better.
Paying our Sisters, Daughters, Aunties and Wives what they are worth is good for everyone in New Zealand, and I’m keen to see how this could work to enable that.
What better way to truly celebrate 125 years of universal suffrage than establish equal pay.
Willie Jackson is the Minister for Employment