Story: State services and the State Services Commission

Equal-pay campaign

Public Service Association women challenged the limits on their salaries with a campaign for equal pay. In 1956 Inland Revenue clerk Jean Parker used the appeal system to successfully challenge the appointment of a male cadet to a higher-paid position. The Public Service Commission told her employers to reduce her pay and responsibilities – but after a public outcry, the government forced the commission to back down.

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Mark Prebble, 'State services and the State Services Commission - The merit principle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/33071/equal-pay-campaign (accessed 14 December 2019)

Story by Mark Prebble, published 20 Jun 2012