Pay equity plea to Govt

Sue Moroney said the difference in pay between men and women is a huge discrepancy. Photo /  BOP TIMES
Sue Moroney said the difference in pay between men and women is a huge discrepancy. Photo / BOP TIMES

A campaign has been launched to demand equal pay for women after finding that, on average, men are paid at least 10 per cent more than women.

Pay Equity Challenge Coalition spokeswoman Angela McLeod said figures were showing the gender gap had widened from 12.85 per cent in September last year to 14.178 per cent in September this year. Other figures released yesterday in the Household Economic Survey 2012, revealed 259,000 men had a personal income of $80,000 or more compared to 92,500 women.

Labour's women's affairs spokeswoman Sue Moroney said it was a huge discrepancy.

"Women outnumber men at every income decile below $47,000 and men outnumber women at every income decile above $47,000.

"Pay equity is a structural problem that requires structural solutions."

The campaign is calling on Parliament to do something about the problem.

- APNZ

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