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Women Bearing Brunt Of Job Cuts At Tertiary Education Commission


The PSA is concerned that women are bearing the brunt of
the 28 redundancies announced yesterday by the Tertiary
Education Commission as part of its response to the
Government’s cost cutting drive.

Tertiary Education
Commission (TEC) staff were told yesterday (April 10) by
their Chief Executive that the organisation is cutting 28
roles including administration and clerical roles like
Executive Assistants, Administrators, Executive Officers and
the Business Support team.

“These are important roles
that keep an organisation operating smoothly and
efficiently,” said Kerry Davies, National Secretary for the
Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga
Mahi.

Of the 28, nine roles are vacant, and
three-quarters of the remaining roles are filled by
women.

“Every day we are seeing the price public
service workers are paying to fund the Government’s tax
cuts, and these fall disproportionately on work largely
carried out by women at TEC.

“We’re concerned that
this pattern will be replicated across the public service as
agencies cut staff,” Kerry Davies said.

The PSA
understands yesterday’s announcement to be the first round
of cuts ordered by the Government to shave spending at TEC
by 6%, said Kerry Davies.

The last reported gender pay
gap at TEC was 10.7% and 59% of TEC staff are
women.

“The TEC gender pay gap is lower than the 2022
figure of 11.7%. However, it is still above the 2022 Public
Service average gender pay gap of 7.7%, said Kerry
Davies.

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