Our planet is awash with stuff. Stuff produced using energy provided by fossil fuels, in the main. Stuff that is made out of petroleum-based products. Stuff that uses up valuable and finite resources, such as fresh water and minerals. Stuff that requires pesticides and other harmful chemicals to grow and to process. Slowly but surely, all this stuff is stuffing up the planet. 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
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
The disability sector finally thought that the Government would deliver on its promised backdown over paying family carers of adult disabled people. The National-led Government announced, as part of Budget 2013, $23 million a year to pay family carers of high needs disabled adults.
This was initially welcomed by carers, their support networks, and the wider disability community. The announcement followed the Government’s decision not to appeal the Atkinson Case, so-named after the family carer of a disabled person who first took the Government to the Human Rights Commission nearly 10 years ago over this issue.
From where I sit as a disabled person, Finance Minister Bill English and Health Minister Tony Ryall had seemingly made one of the few more positive announcements from the Budget. However, as the old saying goes, the devil is in the detail. Continue reading
Solid Energy is going down the gurgler, NZ Post is trying to get out of delivering mail, KiwiRail is closing railway lines and ordering all its new stock from offshore, and Mighty River Power is throwing money at exploration work in Chile – $250 million to date and growing – desperate to find a viable geothermal field to exploit Chileans facing power price hikes because of drought conditions.
What do all these entities have in common? They’re all State Owned Enterprises working against the best interests of New Zealand. 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
The Alliance Party has come out in support of Labour’s attempts to increase the level of Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks but believes the National Government just doesn’t want to. The Alliance introduced this policy and successfully pushed for it when in coalition with Labour during the 1999-2002 period. Continue reading
The Alliance Party has added its voice to the Maritime Union of New Zealand’s call for public support for Ports of Auckland workers to keep their jobs.