Why is Pansy Wong so media-shy on the issue of Pay Equity?
Last night, she refused to be interviewed on a “special report” on the gender pay gap on TV One and earlier in the year she also refused to be interviewed on a documentary on the subject broadcast on Radio NZ.
Some poor bod in her office realised how bad it would look for the Minister to decline to be interviewed on TV and a statement was belatedly issued, saying “pay equity is a top priority for the Government.”
Yeah, right! If it truly was a top priority, the Minister would take every opportunity to publicise what the Government is doing.
Trouble is, the only things they have done are close down the pay and employment equity unit, scrap pay equity reviews and refuse to hear submissions on the pay equity petition signed by almost 16,000 New Zealanders. Perhaps they mean that reducing pay equity is their top priority?