Twenty six dollars an hour is what E tū Union is arguing careworkers are worth if their jobs are compared to jobs with equivalent skill levels and responsibility that are not predominantly the domain of female workers. Continue reading
Pay rates should primarily be determined by demand and supply – not by legislation, so says prominent blogger David Farrar. This is why he objects to the Employment Court ruling that aged care workers are entitled to equal pay.
It is a point of view that does not sit well with the Alliance Party. Our commitment to the common good means that we believe that everyone is entitled to a liveable income no matter what. In any case for aged care workers, and many other occupations, the supply and demand ship has long since sailed. Continue reading
Alliance Party co leader Kevin Campbell calls pay rates for aged and disability support workers in New Zealand a national disgrace. Continue reading
Alliance Party co-leader Kay Murray says Ryman Healthcare announced a 29% increase in profits for the six months to September 2007, but workers in its services continue to struggle with meagre wage increases.
Rymans, a major health care provider in Otago, admits it is one of the organizations that refuses to meet a contractually agreed minimum hourly rate of $12.55 and a wage rise of $1 per hour despite being provided with extra funds to do so by the Otago District Health Board. Continue reading