Employment Court finds ‘Systematic bias against women’

The Employment Court has come down on the side of some of the most poorly paid women in the workforce in a landmark test case ruling. The Employment Court has also accused female-dominated industries, such as aged care, of perpetuating a systemic bias against women by undervaluing work that has traditionally been done by women. In its decision released late last week, the court found employers in female-dominated industries can no longer argue that because their few male workers are [...]

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Living Wage Campaign Launched

A campaign by the Service and Food Workers Union and supported by more than 50 organisations calling for all New Zealanders to be paid a ''living wage'' will be launched ahead of this week's Budget. The union is concerned there will be little in Thursday's Budget for low-income New Zealanders. A living wage is defined as an income which allows workers and their families to not only survive but participate in society. The launch in Auckland's St Stephen's church in Ponsonby on [...]

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Unions reject government offer in ‘sleepover’ pay case

Over 90 percent of PSA and SFWU union members have rejected an offer from Government to settle the long-running sleepover case. The unions started legal action in 2007 to seek the minimum wage for sleepovers. The sleepover cases are also seeking six years of backpay for thousands of union members who have worked sleepovers throughout New Zealand. Both unions have been meeting with their respective members throughout the country over the past month to consider and vote [...]

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