25 Jun 2011

Auckland leader criticises EMA head's sick day comments

9:50 am on 25 June 2011

Auckland's deputy mayor says the employers' group leader who suggested some women earn less than men because they take time off when they have their period needs to be brought into the 21st century.

Employers and Manufacturers Association Northern chief executive Alasdair Thompson on Friday issued a second apology for the remarks, and now says he believes gender plays no part in how productive a person is or what they should be paid.

Auckland's deputy mayor, Penny Hulse says women councillors and other women who work for Auckland Council don't appreciate the controversial comments.

She says he has expressed views that are stereotypical and ignorant of the fact that most women are hard working, productive and extremely capable.