INDEPENDENT NEWS

Historic day as caregivers offered equal pay settlement

Published: Tue 18 Apr 2017 04:17 PM
Media release: E tū, NZNO, PSA and CTU
Tuesday 18 April, 2017
Historic day as caregivers offered equal pay settlement
Unions representing care and support workers are pleased to be jointly announcing with government a proposed equal pay settlement to 55,000 workers across the aged residential, disability and home support sectors.
The proposed settlement is a huge win and will make a real difference in valuing the work of care and support workers and the people they support, workers in the sector say. It is a significant step in addressing gender inequality in New Zealand.
The offer lifts care and support workers’ pay to between $19.00 and $23.50 from 1 July, rising to between $21.50 and $27.00 in July 2021.
It comes after 20 months of negotiations established by government to settle caregiver and E tū member Kristine Bartlett’s landmark equal pay case, lodged in 2012, which went all the way to the Supreme Court with the courts finding gender bias was the cause of Kristine’s low wages.
Kristine says “It will give us dignity and pride and make our lives worthwhile, knowing we’re being paid what we are actually worth. After years of struggling on low wages, hopefully we’re going to have a bit left over to actually enjoy life.”
Tens of thousands of care and support workers will now vote on the proposed settlement in coming weeks.
E tū Assistant National Secretary, John Ryall says the offer once ratified will mean a “once in a lifetime pay rise which will end poverty wages for this mainly female workforce and set them on the path to a better life. We’re delighted today’s proposed settlement recognises the justice of Kristine’s case and the wonderful work of Kristine and other professional carers.”
New Zealand Nurses Organisation Industrial Services Manager Cee Payne says that “This equal settlement delivers pay rates that truly reflect the skills and importance of the work that care and support workers undertake every day. Decent pay rates and the right to achieve qualifications will grow and retain skilled workers to care for our elderly. This will build public confidence that high quality care will be delivered to our families’ loved ones in our rest homes and hospitals.”
PSA National Secretary Erin Polaczuk says: “This settlement will make a real difference to our members. Our members in home support and disability support play a vital role in empowering people to live independent lives in their own communities. This settlement recognises the value of the work they do – and the people they support.”
Unions say the government is to be commended for agreeing to negotiate this settlement offer, rather than waiting for years before the legal process was finally exhausted.
Ends.
NZCTU
Te Kauae Kaimahi
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi brings together over 350,000 New Zealand union members in 40 affiliated unions. We are the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.
Contact New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Website:
Twitter:
YouTube:
Phone:
Facebook:
Physical Address:
Level 7, West Block, Education House, 178 Willis St, Wellington.
Media Contact:
huiaw@nzctu.org.nz
Postal Address:
PO Box 6645, Marion Square, Wellington 6141.

Next in New Zealand politics

Fishing industry lies revealed in leaked report
By: RNZ
VCs at risk of opting out of government’s vision
By: Tertiary Education Union
Independent Panel makes recommendations on MECA agreement
By: Ministry of Health
Legalisation debate must be informed by those most affected
By: DAPAANZ
Focusing school funding on equity for kids
By: New Zealand Government
Defence deployments online
By: New Zealand Government
Independent inquiry needed after leaked fishing report
By: Greenpeace
NZ investigators expose slavery and human trafficking at sea
By: Greenpeace New Zealand
What more proof is needed before government acts?
By: LegaSea
Leaked commercial fishing industry report
By: Sea Shepherd NZ
Strange but true: skincare from hoki and nanotechnology
By: BusinessDesk
Fees-free sucks up tertiary money for nothing
By: New Zealand National Party
Budget a missed opportunity, say universities
By: Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara
Students and staff protest against university restructure
By: A New University
NZNO members advised of Panel recommendations
By: NZNO
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media