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Commission Not Part Of Pay Equity Campaign

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Wellington, July 1 NZPA - The Human Rights Commission is distancing itself from a pay equity campaign launched this week.

Chairwoman Dr Judy McGregor said while the commission supported progress on pay equity, it was not part of a coalition of organisations campaigning on the issue.

However, it was considering a complaint from the Public Service Association that the Government's axing of a pay equity investigation, aimed at closing a pay gap for Child Youth and Family social workers, breached the Human Rights Act and was an act of discrimination against women.

Dr McGregor said the commission had received strong support for a pay equity forum next month.

"We have approached the major players on this issue, and employers and business organisations, unions and other stakeholders have expressed their willingness to take part," she said.

"The pay equity (forum) was proposed as a way of finding fresh approaches to the issue of pay equity and, in particular, the gender pay gap that sees women earn, on average, 12 percent less than men."

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