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
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
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