Flat whites and long blacks highlight gender pay inequity

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Men were charged 10% more for coffees at a cart parked on Victoria University’s law campus in Wellington yesterday morning. While a long black or a flat white cost women $3.50 and $4 respectively, men had to fork out $3.80 and $4.40.

The gendered prices were designed to underscore, in tangible terms, the difference between what men and women are paid in New Zealand.

The coffee cart was part of YWCA’s “Demand Equal Pay” campaign, which aims to have parliament introduce the “Pay Equality Bill” that was drafted by Dr Judy McGregor, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner.

Event organiser Lisa Fedyszyn told the Dominion Post that she hoped men would be as outraged as women. “If the percentage isn’t zero then it’s not fair,” she said. 

The stunt comes in the wake of data released in Statistics New Zealand’s quarterly employment survey that showed that the gender pay gap had increased from 12.85% to 14.18% in the year to September. As the YWCA points out on their website, gender inequalities in pay mean that New Zealand women are working from now until the end of the year for free.

Another event involved a sausage sizzle outside Onehunga in Auckland. At this YWCA fundraiser, men were asked to pay $2.20 for a sausage in bread, while women were asked to pay only $2.00.


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