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Jo Goodhew MP for Rangitata DIARY

Monday 22 May
Electorate work & meetings (Tim)
Tues 23 - Fri 26 May
Caucus, Select Committee & House Duties (Wgtn)
Sat 27 May
YMCA National Convention Event (Tim)
Mon 29 May
Electorate work & meetings (Ash)
Tue 30 May – Wed 1 June
Caucus, Select Committee & House Duties (Wgtn)

$2B care worker pay equity wonderful news

I am delighted local people will benefit from a recent $2 billion pay equity settlement for some of the health sector’s lowest paid workers.

The wage boost over five years follows the TerraNova pay equity claim brought by E tū (previously the Service and Food Workers Union) on behalf of care worker Kristine Bartlett.

Prior to the 2008 election I was National's Aged Care Spokesperson in Opposition and Associate Health Minister from 2011 to 2014 with responsibility for aged care. I have therefore had a close association with and regard for this sector. In fact, my first six months as a registered nurse were spent in the aged care sector.

Over the last couple of weeks I have visited rest homes in Timaru and Ashburton and had the chance to speak to many care workers about the settlement and what it means for them.

It is very exciting to see all the hard work between Unions, Government and the workers themselves come to an enduring solution. I can't count the number of times older people, their families and those working in the sector implored me to recognise their work.

This historic settlement will deliver pay increases of between 15 and 50 per cent to 55,000 workers in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services.

It will help to ensure we have a higher paid, more skilled and engaged workforce caring for around 110,000 of New Zealand’s most vulnerable.

Around 20,000 of this predominately female workforce are currently on the minimum wage of $15.75 an hour. The settlement means that on July 1 they will move to at least $19 an hour, a 21 per cent pay rise. For a fulltime worker, this means they will be taking home around an extra $100 a week, which is over $5000 a year.

This pay increase will also help to reduce the high turnover of our care and support workers across aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services.” The $2 billion settlement over five years will be funded through an increase of $1.85 billion to the health budget and $192 million to ACC.  


Jo Goodhew MP for Rangitata
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