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Reaction to equal pay breakthrough

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT GOVT SUPPORT FOR EQUAL PAY:

* "These changes show we are heading in the right direction when it comes to closing the gender pay gap, of which pay equity is one component." - Women's Minister Louise Upston

* "This is a huge step forward for low paid workers in New Zealand - whether they're men or women." - PSA national secretary Erin Polaczuk

* "They've been dragged kicking and screaming, thanks to a court decision, to come to grips with this issue - it's great they've got this far, we're roughly 30 years behind and we've got a long way to go." - Labour leader Andrew Little

* "Today's announcement is another historic step forward for gender equality and for all New Zealand women." - Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue

* "We now have a way forward on a complex issue." - Business NZ chief executive Kirk Hope

* "We want the simplest and fairest system for women workers to use to address gender discrimination." - NZEI national secretary Paul Goulter

* "It's about time the government took action to support women being paid more." - Green Party's Jan Logie

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