E tū says without
key changes to the Equal Pay Amendment bill, few women will be able to successfully
pursue an equal pay claim.
E tū Assistant
National Secretary, John Ryall appeared before today’s Workforce and Education
Select Committee hearing on the bill, together with E tū delegate, Marianne
John says the
union welcomes the Government’s decision to retain the Equal Pay Act 1972,
which the previous National government would have scrapped.
The union is
also pleased claimants must no longer prove they have a case before they can
lodge a pay equity claim.
many hurdles remain,” says John.
“The process remains
unnecessarily complex and time-consuming, and it needs to be simplified.”
John says the
union’s position is founded on the principles of the Joint Working Group on pay
equity, as well as the Court of Appeal ruling in the Terranova case which led
to the equal pay settlement for care and support workers.
found the Equal Pay Act 1972 was deficient and in need of change, which we
support, but we don’t want it changed so it’s more difficult for women to get
“There is a
risk as things stand of closing the door for other women, because it’s so difficult
that people give up.”
E tū delegate
and care and support worker, Marianne Bishop says the new bill is an
improvement on the Equal Pay Act 1972.
But she says,
while women in unions will have support to navigate the process, many individual
claimants would struggle.
She says it’s
critical all women get the resources they need, including help with comparators
so they can argue their case.
“The bill is better
than it was but it’s quite complex for an individual person to navigate. Employers
will have lawyers to help them but many women will flounder.
“There needs to
be a support system – an agency – to help these people through the process,”
For more information, contact:
John Ryall E tū Assistant National
Secretary ph. 027 520 1380
To contact Marianne, please call:
Karen Gregory-Hunt, E tū Communications
Officer, ph. 022 269 1170.