Jacinda Ardern says Labour won't rest until women have equal pay
Jacinda Ardern has promised her party "will not rest" until pay equity is achieved in New Zealand.
The Labour leader spoke at a rally fighting for equal pay at Auckland's Suffrage Memorial in Khartoum Place on Saturday.
Ardern was met with applause as she took the stage. She said the pay equity legislation introduced by the Government this week would be scrapped and redrafted if she became Prime Minister.
"In 2017 there should be no such thing as a gender pay gap in New Zealand. I am committing that Labour will not rest until we have pay equity in New Zealand," Ardern said.
"We need our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our aunties, to be valued no matter what workforce they are in. Let's start by scrapping the equal pay legislation that is before parliament, because it will not deliver equal pay."
A number of other politicians also spoke, including National MP Jo Goodhew, who was heckled and booed by the crowd.
"It used to be that everybody's opinions were heard. I only ask that of you," Goodhew responded.
"Now I hear your voices - not all of the legislation is supported by you all, but you must know that we have a select committee process; you will have your say again."
NZ First MP Tracey Martin admonished the crowd for booing.
"Jo [Goodhew] did not have to show up here today," she said. "This was going to be a hard audience for her. And women don't turn on women. We must stick together and be respectful of women."
The Greens also pledged to end the Pay Equity Bill, which narrowly passed its first reading in parliament amid claims it would worsen the outlook for women in the workplace.
"We will throw out the government's rubbish pay equity bill," Green MP Jan Logie told the rally.