Payrise for low-wage workers in aged care and home support #genderpaygap

About 55,000 low-paid workers, mainly women, are about to get one of the biggest pay rises ever after details of a historic pay equity settlement are revealed today. The deal will cost the Government more than $500 million a year when fully implemented in five years, assuming it is signed off by union members and the Cabinet. The settlement will mean hefty pay increases from July in three government-funded service sectors which employ mainly women on low rates: aged residential care, home support, disability services. Prime Minister Bill English says today’s historic pay equity deal is likely to have ramifications for the private sector. –NZ Herald

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The Herald understands that for the primary litigant, rest home caregiver Kristine Bartlett, it will mean an increase from about $16 an hour to about $23 an hour, more than 43 per cent. […] The case is the first legal settlement in New Zealand that recognises that some jobs pay less because they are done mainly by women. […] The Service and Food Workers’ Union lodged a claim on Bartlett’s behalf with the Employment Relations Authority in 2012. […] The union took the case on behalf of Bartlett and 14 other union members of the 110 employed by Terranova rest home. Their wages were effectively set by the government subsidy paid by the Ministry of Health for rest home services. The case was elevated to the Employment Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. But once the Court of Appeal confirmed that pay equity cases could be heard under the Equal Pay Act of 1972, the Government stepped into the process because it was loath to leave a case with such far-reaching repercussions solely in the court’s hands.

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### Tue, 18 March 2017 at 8:11 a.m.
Morning Report with Susie Ferguson and Guyon Espiner
money life and society
Low-paid women are at parliament today for an announcement on pay
Tax specialist Deborah Russell says an announcement today on a reported big pay rise for women in low-paid work.
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The New Zealand GST burden:

### Tue, 18 March 2017 at 8:15 a.m.
Morning Report with Susie Ferguson and Guyon Espiner
NZ wage earners among the lowest taxed in OECD
A new report from the OECD shows out of 35 countries New Zealand and Chile workers are taxed the least, and those in Belguim and France the most. As Patrick O’Meara report, this comes as the Government considers tax cuts for low and middle income workers.
Audio | Download: Ogg MP3 (3′50″)

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8 responses to “Payrise for low-wage workers in aged care and home support #genderpaygap

  1. Gurglars

    This will mean less privately owned aged care facilities, but might mean a higher standard of care as more women (and men) move towards this type of activity.

    Unions win, taxes rise.

    It is clear that good quality workers should be paid more, but can we be sure that across the board payments will not develop levels of incompetence?

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Are you arguing the “pay peanuts get monkeys, pay more and get better paid monkeys” line applies to “those” people, those bottom of the money heap people doing hard necessary work? The first but not the second is the usual argument for paying high-salary people even more than was paid for the position last year and the year before. And the matter of “good quality” is never raised when it comes to the top of the pay pyramid people.

  2. Elizabeth

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  3. Elizabeth

    Wed, 19 Apr 2017
    ODT Editorial: A giant step for womankind
    OPINION The undervalued work of a group of (predominantly) New Zealand women is about to be rewarded with a substantial and long-overdue pay check. It is likely to be the first of several. […] Despite being the first country to give women the vote, pay equity has been a long time coming. Recent statistics show the gender pay gap is about 12% (and 14% in the public sector). Globally, the figure is 23%. A commitment to tackling that injustice was one of the agreed conclusions of member states at last month’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. To highlight the issue and advance its cause, two campaigns were launched: an Equal Pay Platform of Champions and a #StopTheRobbery campaign. Cont/

  4. Hype O'Thermia

    I couldn’t be more delighted with this outcome, well I could if the improvement in these workers’ incomes were to be timetabled for brisker progress from promise to paypacket but for now let’s be happy and hope it’s the start of a humane ethical phase of government. And now…
    …OK so I know it’s irrelevant and anyway we’re not supposed to comment on any woman’s appearance* whether to compliment or insult. This time can I please have a brief dispensation to note what a treat it is to see Kristine Bartlett’s face, every photo showing a beautiful person looking happy. Not gloating, not “groomed for media”, just happy and beautiful and … glorious!

  5. Elizabeth

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  6. Pb

    It seems an act of compassion has a price. Set by a government committee, no less.

  7. Elizabeth

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