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The pay gap

I have an article about the pay gap in the Dominion Post this morning.

Isn’t it time to fix the pay gap?

Instead of thinking what might be the best way to assess and reward work, we assume that the way that work is structured and paid right now is the way that work ought to be structured and paid. The real solution to the pay equity gap is not to make women behave like men, or men to behave like women, but to engage in a serious discussion about better ways of working, and better ways of understanding and valuing all work.

Friends of TLG might prefer to comment on it here rather than entering the fray at Stuff…

One response to “The pay gap

  1. Draco T Bastard November 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    …but to engage in a serious discussion about better ways of working, and better ways of understanding and valuing all work.

    The first bit is wrong. It’s not about better ways of working but about better ways of organising businesses. ATM, businesses are hierarchical with the people at the top with all the information and it’s these people who decide how much people get paid. This information needs to be available to everyone and then an open discussion among everyone about how much each will be paid. It’s called a cooperative.

    A cooperative will also address your second point because everyone will be able to see where the money is coming from and going to and thus will be more aware of how much each position is actually worth.

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