Hau Taki Haere | Tertiary Update Vol 25, No 19
Recent analysis from the Te Kauae Kaimahi | Council of Trade Unions (CTU) shows that from 8 October Pasifika women will be effectively working for free for the rest of 2021 due to the gender and ethnic pay gap of 23.3% when their earnings are compared to the average wage of men.
When compared with Pākehā men, the gap is even larger. On average Pasifika women earn 27.4% less than Pākehā men, which means for every $100 earned by a Pākehā man, on average a Pasifika woman only takes home $72.60. This represents the biggest pay gap in Aotearoa New Zealand, but there are other groups of women and men who statistics also show to be underpaid including wāhine Māori at 24.6% below Pākehā men. For Asian women it’s 19% and Pākehā woman it’s 12.8%.
The CTU analysis suggests that most ethnic groups of women have fared worse in 2021 than 2020 due to the uneven impacts of COVID-19 – sectors that were female-dominated were hit hard and the proportion of women who became unemployed and underemployed was disproportionate compared to men. Meanwhile large areas of male-dominated mahi has had overtime increased.
TEU Te Pou Whirinaki | National Women’s Officer Sarah Proctor-Thomson says, ‘the gender and ethnic pay gaps are a human rights issue. It is unacceptable that in 2021, an individual’s ability to earn money for themselves and their families continues to be shaped by structural racism and unconscious bias. Unfortunately, the gaps show no sign of reducing.’
The Human Rights Commission is conducting an inquiry to better understand what is preventing pay equity between Pasifika workers and the rest of the workforce to determine what businesses are doing, or could be doing, to improve job opportunities for Pasifika workers so pay inequity can be identified, addressed, and ended. For more information, click here.
Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union is focussed on addressing the gender pay gaps in tertiary education, and there is mahi underway in this space led by TEU’s Te Kahurangi Māreikura | National Women’s Committee and with the tautoko of the Tangata Pasifika Advisory Group Co-Chair Loma-Linda Tasi and Te Tumu Arataki Hūhana Wātene. Stay tuned for more.