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Gender pay gap closing for NSW workers, report finds
04/07/2012 - The pay gap between men and women is closing in NSW, but women are still pocketing about $200 less a week than their male counterparts, a report has found.
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The Women in NSW 2012 report, released on Tuesday by NSW Minister for Women Pru Goward, has found the gender pay gap for full-time workers is closing.
"The gender gap in labour force participation has decreased significantly from 35 percentage points in 1978 to 14 percentage points today," the report said.
"Wage gaps, whether driven by discrimination or other factors, compromise the current and future security of women."
Women working full time earnt $1,212 a week on average, compared with $1,404 for men.
Meanwhile, statistics on workforce participation rates showed 53 per cent of NSW women were employed, compared with 67 per cent of men.
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Ross Williams | 4/07/2012 12:54 1
This is another hoax generated by Feminist organisations and people like 'The Minister for Women.' There is no gender inequality and no discrimination affecting so-called wage gaps. The simple fact is that women don't want to do the tough jobs that earn men more pay. Women are actually substantially overpaid in many professions due to their activist programs and widespread support. There are professions where women get more pay than their male counterparts and vice versa. There is no voice for the males in these professions. There are also many jobs where women are subdstantially overpaid for their ability and training (Personal Assistants - PAs) is a major one. This whole debate is a complete non-issue. There is no 'wage gap' to close, there is only a 'work gap'. Let's see women taking up the tough jobs and the dirty jobs, then they will have a right to complain if they do equal work but don't get equal pay.
Peter Smith | 4/07/2012 16:50 2
The whole argument is a load of rubbish, I have worked for 40 years managing in food manufacturing industries and no where did I see men being paid in the industry more than women for the same work.
Ross Williams | 4/07/2012 17:42 3
This is a true story. I was checking in at the airport some time ago. The female checker asked her male counterpart in the next station to lift my bag onto the conveyor - because it was 'too heavy'. It was 23kg - well within my priority limit of 30kg. He refused. She then abused him for being 'inconsiderate'. His reply was interesting. 'Damn right. Like the inconsiderate strike you and your sisters pulled for equal pay for baggage checkers that cost me two weeks wages. And now you want me to carry your bags for you. Do it yourself. That's what your equal pay is for.' This was delivered loud enough for all to hear. Applause broke out at the check-in counters - from staff and passengers alike. Interesting to see that some of them were women. I think probably only the Office of Women and a few radicals believe this stuff any more.
Lou Furbadamo | 6/07/2012 09:39 4
Bravo Boys! I worked in manufacturing for over 30 years and each gender had special work talents and preferences. Females tended more restricted and inflexible work wise. But, our labour rates always went fairly with the job, not the man or woman doing it. In general, when it came to heavy, dirty, noisy, smelly and potentially dangerous work. We’d make allowances for the more demure females, if they were involved in the undesirable areas at all. Girls were more selective and the “personnel departments” happily protected them from lurking, dirty, frightful nasties. Ergonomically, we made additional allowances anyway. Personally, women always look better when kept clean, pretty and looked after, even with expensive multiple orgasm drinks at the annual X-mas parties. But don’t accuse this of limiting their development and progress! Nevertheless, I’d always wished there’d been more around! And I did in my day, have many a heater, light, air conditioner, special floor mats, acoustic enclosures, lifting compensators, adjustable work platforms, exhaust fans, automatic assisting equipment, special tools and training etc. installed or implemented to encourage improved participation, morale, safety and comfort. Apart from your occasional butch type, there were many jobs they physically could not or were loath to do. You rarely saw females in aluminium die casting, foundries, hot dip galv., hard chrome plating, heavy press shops, varnishing, steel mills, maintenance, toolmaking, welding and scrap yards etc? “Manly Jobs”, that still remain in high demand. So how can you fairly expect women to clock up the relative big $Bucks with these deserving higher paid guys? The crucial indisputable test for “la difference”. And how I "cuntingly" usually terminate any debate with potential ballsy feminists, is to underhandedly refer to comparative participation rates in the Occ Health and Safety Injury and Death Registers. They make fascinating and intimidating equal opportunity comparison. Highlighting the blood sport areas where the girls would arguably need to lift their game a heck of a lot to match the crunchable and disposable guys! Not too many women career themselves to getting burnt alive, asphyxiated in confined tanks and spaces, crushed to death in a press or from overhead loads or a toppled cranes, accidentally falling from high building sites, sliced in half by steel feed strips, electrocuted in power boards, transformer stations and high voltage power lines, falling into acid etch tanks or caustic baths, etc Surely if we all did truly equal work, we’d all be maimed and killed equally on the job, at the same gory rate! Wouldn’t we? And you don’t meet many women that’ve lost the mandatory one or two digits setting press tools or dies either. Rather than typical government massive waste of time, effort and money on bureaucratic feminist pandering and female wank equivalent. It’d be far better spent improving training skills and work safety environments for all, so more men can go home at night to be with their partners in one healthy piece. Finally it’s insulting to have companies that employ mostly men, required to then set and achieve targets of 50% gender representation on company boards. This is grossly unfair, counter productive, illogical and smells of Queen Bee vs. worker bee mentality. Why should a man that’s contributed at various company levels, including the “coal face”, have inferior opportunities and be discriminated against & bypassed purely for gender? It seems a recipe for power promoting people not fit for purpose to important key positions. “Alla” some of our erratically confused and wallowing current female political leaders, effectively lost on the job and not achieving! Anyway Pru, Happy, Happy affirmative action, but don’t forget to have a good cursing look at those lists when you’ve some educational & com
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