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Labour Slams Loss Of Further 25 Government Jobs

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Kate Wilkinson
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Wellington, May 14 NZPA - The Opposition has slammed the loss of a further 25 government jobs after two Labour Department units were canned.

Just a day after the Ministry of Social Development said up to 200 jobs could be lost in a restructure, the Labour Department announced yesterday its pay and employment equity unit and labour market knowledge management unit were to be scrapped.

Seven jobs will go in the first unit, with Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson saying it was part of the "reprioritising" of government spending.

"Achieving the goal of closing the gap can't be realised by having a singular focus on the state sector," she said.

Labour's labour spokesman Trevor Mallard said New Zealand woman were being "ripped off" by the Government.

"Any professing of commitment buy National to addressing gender discrimination must be seen as worthless."

Women's affairs spokeswoman Sue Moroney said Women's Affairs Minister Pansy Wong had failed to advocate for women.

"She treats the gender gap as if it is a joke and hard-working women are losing out as a result.

"Women earn on average 12 percent less than men... we confirm our ongoing commitment to closing the gender pay gap and to genuine equality for New Zealand women."

Eighteen jobs will be lost through the scrapping of the labour market knowledge management unit.

Department chief executive Christopher Blake said it had been decided the regional delivery of labour market knowledge services was no longer a priority.

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