July 05, 2022
Fair pay sought for 65,000 care workers
Unions representing care and support workers are lodging a pay equity claim today for the majority female workforce.
E tū director Kirsty McCully says the 65,000 workers work in community care, aged residential care, disability care or in mental health and addiction.
Other unions involved as the Nurses Organisation and the Public Service Association.
She says they only received a 3 percent increase on July 1, less than the increase in cost of living.
“So these are the people who ensure that our loved ones, our elders, our people with disabilities are able to live their best lives and often times they are the people who ensure people can remain in their own homes as they age and that their health and wellbeing needs are looked after,” Ms McCully says.
Making decent conditions for the workforce needs to be a critical part of the health reforms.