Category Archives: Employment

What do New Zealanders actually earn? And why we need to understand these figures.

Before you read the rest of this post, get out a pen, and write down what income you think someone in New Zealand needs to earn to count as rich.  You could also write down what income you think the … Continue reading

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Midwives and pay equity: actually, it *is* sexism.

In the news over the weekend: midwives are taking a pay equity case. Midwives drop bombshell with court action over pay discrimination College chief executive Karen Guilliland said discrimination against midwives had actually worsened. “This claim has been almost 20 … Continue reading

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Why Aaron Gilmore won’t be quitting any time soon

The National Party is understandably deeply embarrassed and upset by the shenanigans of lowly ranked MP Aaron Gilmore. Senior members of the party, both within and without the caucus, are saying that he must resign, but he’s refusing to go. … Continue reading

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If you want to get women into the workforce, you need to provide childcare

It’s very simple: if you want to get women into the workforce, you need to provide childcare. That’s what the evidence from Germany is showing. A 200-Billion-Euro Waste: Why Germany Is Failing to Boost Its Birth Rate Germany has a … Continue reading

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Steven Joyce…. channelling Plato

Steven Joyce is heavying universities, telling them that they must produce more engineering graduates, to meet the needs of the market. “If [universities] want us to be more directive, I’m more than willing,” he said. “I’m watching them really closely … Continue reading

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