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Rosebank Treats Aged Care Workers Appallingly

Published: Wed 15 Oct 2008 03:36 PM
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Rosebank Treats Aged Care Workers Appallingly
Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) who work at Rosebank a residential aged care facility in Ashburton will be having a three hour picket from 12noon – 3pm on Thursday 16th October outside Rosebank on Walnut Avenue in Ashburton to protest the shameful offer from their employer. Members have been offered a 1.2% pay increase in exchange for an agreement to reduce staff hours.
The union has been in bargaining since August and the employer has offered a 1.2% increase despite the fact that they have received a 2.8% funding increase from the government “The employer is being extremely unreasonable in their offer of 1.2% - these workers earn barely more than the minimum wage they deserve to be paid significantly more than that for the work that they do every day caring for elderly, ” said Steve Howard, Organiser.
“These workers understand that their employer has received a 2.8% funding increase from the district health board – these workers are not prepared to sacrifice the care of their residents in return for a pay rise. This proposal is outrageous. This is despite the fact that a 2.8% increase is nowhere near the percentage increase that these workers need in order to be paid a wage that reflects their value,”Howard said.
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