WOMEN TO GET BIGGER SLICE OF THE PIE
N THE SPOTLIGHT: NEW ZEALAND’S NEW GOVERNMENT HAS MOVED SWIFTLY TO TARGET PAY EQUALITY IN RUGBY UNION.
The government has criticised the salary gap between top men and women players in the country’s most popular pastime.
Pay parity was a campaign policy of the Labour Party, which formed a three-way coalition government just days ago, and Sports Minister Grant Robertson said Saturday he would take up the matter with the New Zealand Rugby Union.
Members of the Black Ferns, the New Zealand team which won the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August, are mainly amateur with most players fitting their sport around full-time jobs.
The only contracted women in New Zealand are those who play on the world sevens circuit.