First, a quick update on where things are at with the pay equity claims.  We’re finalising the documents which assess the work social workers do against a set of criteria – this enables comparisons to be made with other occupations. We’re able to use the same comparators that were used in the Oranga Tamariki pay equity process, which will save some time and effort.  We’re also updating the remuneration information so that we have a clear picture of the extent of the pay equity gap. We then have the major work ahead of developing the plan for settling the claim, including how it will be applied to all NGO and Iwi social workers. I must acknowledge the leadership of the CEOs of the five providers named in the claim: Barnardos, Christchurch Methodist Mission, Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services, Stand Tū Maia and Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP; and the SSPA National Executive.  I should also note the support of Oranga Tamariki in this work as the lead agency in behalf of the Government.  It is a challenging process but we are determined to reach a settlement which closes the gender pay gap.  I have meetings with Ministers Davis and Sepuloni next week and will be briefing them on this issue, along with our other priorities.

Brenda Pilott
National Manager

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