Equal pay in public sector 'within four years' - Julie Anne Genter

The Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, says women in the public service could soon be paid the same as their male colleagues.
The Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, says women in the public service could soon be paid the same as their male colleagues. Photo credit: Facebook

Women in the public service will soon be paid the same as their male colleagues - if the new Government gets its way.

Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, told TVNZ's Q+A on Sunday it's a priority.

"I think we can do that within four years. You make the chief executives of Government agencies accountable, put it in their KPIs (key performance indicators).

"We know there are a whole lot of policies and steps and systems that can be taken to close the gender pay gap."

New Zealand was ranked ninth in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap report for 2017.

Ms Genter also said New Zealand must address sexual harassment.

"What we need to do is ensure that there are clear policies and pathways for women and any person experiencing sexual harassment."

Thousands of people around the globe, including many New Zealanders, have spoken out, following allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Ms Genter told Q+A the problem is rife in our workplaces and culture.

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