Our pay equity campaign for educators

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Educators need pay equity too

Our new government has made a big commitment to closing the gender pay gap in New Zealand's public service by 2021.

This is great news for women working in the core public service. But there are tens of thousands of us working in education, delivering a core public service, too—educating New Zealand's children.

Many of us have pay equity claims already in progress. We need this Government to make sure that they'll put aside enough money in the next Budget to settle our claims.

So we're asking the Government to make sure that we're included in their plan for the public service. We're writing to the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Minister for Education Chris Hipkins, and Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway.

Will you join us? It'll take just a moment to write the Ministers an email.

Send an email to the Ministers

Take a moment to ask the Government to include educators in their plan for the public service.

Here's what we'll send on your behalf.

Dear Prime Minister Ardern, Minister Genter, Minister Hipkins, and Minister Lees-Galloway

Thank you for making the commitment to closing the gender pay gap in the core public sector. Women have waited a long time for pay equity, and your work in this area is extremely encouraging.

Educating New Zealand's children is a vital public service, too -- particularly the work of support staff and early childhood educators. Pay equity claims are on the way, and I'm asking that the Government sets aside enough money in Budget 2018 to settle these claims fairly and quickly.

I urge you to do everything you can to keep educators included in your Government's commitment to pay equity.

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Minister for Women, Julie-Anne Genter, spoke to Q and A about her plans to close the gender pay gap in the public service. See One News' report on her plan. (Video: TVNZ)