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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Equal Pay

After unrelenting attempts for many years to press successive governments into implementing electoral policy recognising the principle of equal pay for equal work, many women's organisations were repaid for their efforts when, in the 1961 session of Parliament, legislation was passed providing for equal pay, in several stages as from 1 April 1961, for women employees of the Public Service Commission. This will ultimately force the issue with those private employers who still have a lower automatic maximum salary or a lower basic scale for females than for males. The acceptance of this policy removes certain concessions which women now enjoy, and in the initial stages some will reluctantly go on to do 40 years' service instead of 30, before qualifying to retire on superannuation.

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