The Employment Court ruling of equal pay for equal work was a landmark decision for women in New Zealand. Aged care workers were given leave to compare pay rates for similar work in male dominated occupations. 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
The Alliance Party is delighted that things are hotting up in the equal pay for aged care workers campaign. The appeal to the Employment Court ruling is due to be heard at the end of January. Many more workers have come forward and further applications have been lodged with the Employment Relations Authority. According the unions involved, thousands more are expected to join the action in the new year. Continue reading
Join our email campaign to Tony Ryall, Minister of Health and Jo Goodhew, Minister for Senior Citizens telling them you agree with the Employment Court decision and support equal pay for aged care workers. Continue reading
There is no excuse for the appalling wages paid to workers in the aged care and disability sectors. It is blatant discrimination against the – mainly – women who do the work and the people they work with; the elderly and people with disabilities.
At the very least care workers deserve to receive the living wage of $18.40 per hour. But in the long term they should receive a wage commensurate with more male dominated sectors requiring similar skills such as justice and mental health. Continue reading
Alliance co leader Kevin Campbell says he is outraged at John Key’s comment on Breakfast TV that the country doesn’t have the money to pay aged care workers a decent wage. 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