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Pay equity legislation coming up: English

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017

The government will introduce pay equity legislation this year, Prime Minister Bill English has told parliament.

It last year accepted recommendations from a joint working group which set out principles for raising and resolving pay equity claims through bargaining.

The Council of Trade Unions said it was "a huge win for working women" and praised the government for accepting the recommendations.

In his statement on Tuesday Mr English gave details of the government's agenda, which he said would include:

* stronger tax rules to clamp down on multi-nationals

* simplification of border clearance

* improving the quality of rivers and lakes

* more money for infrastructure

* progressing legislation to reform the Resource Management Act

* paying for more social and emergency housing

* continuing to settle Treaty claims.

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