26 Jul 2020

NZ Equal Pay Amendment Bill said to help Pacific women

4:55 pm on 26 July 2020
Labour MP, Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki

Labour MP, Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki Photo: NZ Labour

New legislation in New Zealand is poised to address the poor pay equity experienced by many Pacific women in the workplace.

Parliament passed the Equal Pay Amendment Bill on Friday.

A government MP, Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki, welcomed it as a sign of progress in fighting the gender pay gap disproportionately affecting Pacific women.

She said Pacific women in New Zealand had been the lowest income earners.

It was expected that the bill would help make it easier for employees to raise a pay equity claim and encourage collaborative mediation before issues were escalated to a court process.