The PSA have asked these six councils (Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin) to set up a joint working group to resolve their claim using the 2017 Reconvened Joint Working Group Principles of Pay Equity.
While this process only pertains to people doing the job of library assistants, the PSA believes that all local government workers who are working in female dominated occupations are likely to suffer from gender-based pay discrimination. This includes other library workers and administration and clerical workers. Their aim is to use equal pay settlements achieved in one occupation, or in another sector, to achieve equal pay across our membership.
LIANZA supports this claim and will be working with the PSA over 2020 to promote their campaign, which began November 18th.
The PSA are asking library assistants across New Zealand, Aotearoa, to support this campaign. One thing that you can do right now is to help them educate the public about all the different tasks, roles and responsibilities that are part of a library assistant’s work. You can do this by taking a photo of yourself or a work colleague carrying out one of the many jobs of a library assistant i.e. running book clubs, assisting members of the public with IT issues, holiday programmes, after school care programmes, book Clubs; chess Clubs; knitting clubs; and craft sessions.
These photos will be used on PSA posters and their web page to raise awareness around our claim. Please send any photos to the PSA comms team at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Libraries campaign.