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Spreading the pay equity message.

On the Level--Pay and Employment Equity in New Zealand, a DVD produced by the Council of Trade Unions (CTU), was launched on International Women's Day last month.

Speaking at the launch, CTU vice president Helen Kelly said while the gender pay gap had come down from 16 to 13 percent last year, "we are still many years away from true pay and employment equity for women".

The DVD highlights aspects of the gender pay gap, including the fact women earn $180 less a week than men, which amounts to $400,000 over a working life; and that while there were 21,000 female primary teachers in New Zealand, just 879, or one in 24, were principals.

Labour Minister Ruth Dyson, who along with drector of the PaEE Unit in the Department of Labour Phillipa Hall, features on the DVD, acknowledged the work of women in the past who had fought for pay equity. She said the gender inclusive tools developed by the PaEE unit, were attracting international interest.

* On International Women's Day, the International Council of Nurses urged governments to work vigorously to ensure the establishment of a United Nations (UN) women's agency. A recommendation to establish "a dynamic UN entity focused on gender equality and women's empowerment" is now on the agenda for the General Assembly.

* The theme of this year's CTU biennial women's conference is Building our Power--Union Women in Action.

The conference will be held in Wellington on June 29-30 and will focus on women's issues in the workplace, at community, national and international levels. Australian Council of Trade Unions' president and International Trade Union Council president Sharan Burrow has been invited to speak.
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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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