Auckland ‘Equal Pay Day’ rally

Tues 10 Nov is equal pay day – 14% from the end of the year, which is how much less the average woman earns compared to the average man. It’s the day New Zealand women start working for free for the rest of the year. More info from [email protected]

Join us on the lawn at 360 Queen St, 12.15pm to 12.45pm, Tues Nov 10, for spirited speeches, funny woman Michele A’Court and a message to the Mayor.

Join the Pay Equity Coalition Auckland in marking this day and starting to balance up pay rates in our city. 122 years since NZ women got the vote and our journey to equal pay has slowed down. For the 2nd year running we are still 14% behind on average hourly income.

The time has come – for our Mayor and his Council to lead Auckland employers in paying 100% for the work Auckland women do – pay the job not the gender.

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  1. There is a plethora of articles and research suggesting that the gender wage gap is at worst extremely narrow and at best a complete myth. An October 2015 article in the Wall Street Journal claimed that the gender wage gap was “illusory”. An article in Time magazine the previous year also suggested that when all variables are taken into account (experience, college majors, performance, etc.), the gender wage gap “narrows to the point of vanishing”. Both of these articles were written by women by the way. Then there are the feminist groups such as the AAUW (American Association of University Women) who also suggests that the wage gap is often deliberately exaggerated by some groups. This claim was backed up by a 2009 US Department of Labor report that also found the wage gap was virtually nil when all of the variables were taken into account. Granted these examples are all related to the United States, not New Zealand, but the points being made will undoubtedly still be valid in a NZ context. These articles show how statistically illiterate many of these groups are and how they twist and manipulate data in order to suit their argument.

    Rather than present me with distorted and misinterpreted data, just answer me this; if companies can get away with paying women less for doing the exact same job as a man; then why do companies hire men? In these days of cost-cutting and restructuring in order to save a buck, why not stop hiring me if they’re more expensive than women?

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