coalition for equal value equal pay

advocating pay and employment equity for New Zealand women


The Coalition for Equal Value, Equal Pay...

is a voluntary organisation committed to reducing the gender pay gap in New Zealand through policy and initiatives to advance pay equity in general and equal pay for work of equal value in particular.

Our members' expertise and experience spans the breadth and history of this important policy issue. The purpose of this website is to provide background information for the current campaign and for the media.

CEVEP has campaigned for effective pay equity policy and legislation since 1986. Our activities include advocating to government and political parties, writing submissions and appearing before select committees, producing materials on pay equity for the public and the media, and organising tours of overseas experts to New Zealand.

In April 2013, CEVEP was invited to be an 'intervening' party to a pay equity test case taken under the Equal Pay Act 1972 by resthome caregiver Kristine Bartlett and the Service & Food Workers Union (now called E Tu).


The Pay Equity Challenge...

Cevep is an active member of the
Pay Equity Challenge Coalition.

For the latest news on the Pay Equity Challenge, see the Coalition's website, blog and RSS feed.

The Pay Equity Challenge Coalition is a broad coalition of community, employer, union, and academic groups who are committed to putting pay equity issues back on the government's, and New Zealand's, agenda.

In 2012 the YWCA also began to campaign for pay equity, with a petition to Parliament and a coffee cart that charged men 10% more than women to reflect the gender difference in median hourly pay.
See more...

Gender pay gap, June 2017

See the latest gender pay gap figures here and here.


Equal pay
ns that men and women doing the same job get the same pay rate.

Equal pay for work of equal value
means that men and women get the pay rate for different jobs that require a similar overall level of skills, years of training, responsibility, effort and working conditions.

Equal pay for work of equal value is an policy principle in international conventions ratified by New Zealand.


Contact CEVEP at cevep@cevepnz.org.nz
or PO Box 12361, Wellington
Aotearoa New Zealand


www.cevepnz.org.nz 1 November 2017


New Coalition Government drops National's pay equity bill!

CEVEP is delighted that new Minister for Women Julie-Anne Genter, as her first task in office, announced that the Employment (Pay Equity & Equal Pay) Bill introduced by the out-going National government has been dropped. All the parties now in government opposed the introduction of the Bill.

CEVEP strongly opposed the Bill as, in our view, it undermined the 2013-5 Court judgments on the Equal Pay Act 1972 and would have made it harder, not easier, for New Zealand women to claim equal pay and pay equity. We prefer to keep the legislation we've got!
See the Bill here, see CEVEP's submission here.

Big pay-out for carers....

Caregivers get settlement

The offer settling the Bartlett pay equity claim lifts care and support workers' pay to between $19 and $23.50 from 1 July 2017, rising to between $21.50 and $27 in July 2021.

This claim was first with the Employment Court in 2012, leading to judgments clarifying that Equal Pay Act did allow equal pay for work of equal value claims for women's and men's typically different work. The government, which funds most care work from our taxes, then set up a Joint Working Group to develop Principles for Implementing Equal Pay and another Joint Working Group to negotiate settlement of Kristine Bartlett's claim. After 17 months a settlement was announced which the government extended agreed pay increases to 55,000 care and support workers in aged care and disability residences, with staggered implementation of new rates from 1 July 2017.
See more about the settlement here.
See the whole story here
See the Care & Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act including Schedule of pay rates here.

Delivering this settlement across multiple employers required legislation. CEVEP supports the settlement's application to 55,000 carers. However, we expressed concern to the Select Committee that the Bill didn't just implement the settlement as agreed by employers and unions, it used legislation itself to extinguish or undermine women's right to claim a full pay equity rate of pay over an 11 year period.

See CEVEP's submission here.


See 'What's Happening' page
for other
pay equity claims
in progress...