Today, the report of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on the petition of Sue Moroney and 15808 others was published. The petition, tabled just a month ago, requested that the House of Representatives “call on the National Government to reverse its decision to scrap pay equity investigations for school support staff and social workers, implement the findings of previously completed pay and employment equity reviews, and develop a strategy to eliminate the gender pay gap in New Zealand.”
The majority of the committee (ie National members) say they “have no matters to bring to the attention of the House”.
How can the government possibly know this without bothering to hear from any of the petitioners?
Labour members on the Committee say in the report that the 15,808 petitioners should have been given the opportunity for the matters raised in the petition to be examined by the select committee in more detail. At the very least the select committee should have heard from Sue Moroney and the Government departments involved before deciding not to call for public submissions.
As a member of the Transport & Industrial Relations Committee, I was perturbed by the cavalier way in which National responded to this petition. They don’t agree with it – we know that – but I would have thought that such a large petition would be considered for more than a nano-second by this government.