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SuperSizeMyPay Supports Health Worker Strike

SuperSizeMyPay.Com Campaign Supports Health Workers Decision to Strike

Press Release:
Unite Union/SuperSizeMyPay.Com

Monday 5th December

SuperSizeMyPay.Com Campaign Supports Health Workers Decision to Strike

The SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign is supporting health workers from the National Union of Public Employees in their decision to strike before Christmas, some of whom start on as low as $9.70 an hour.

NUPE represents mental health nurses, Allied Health workers like dental therapists, occupational therapists and social workers, clerical workers (whose pay rates start at $9.70), maintenance trades staff and information services staff in Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast and Canterbury.

“Paying below $12 an hour is despicable for a company, but for the Government to do so is shameful, and a disservice to the clerical workers who work so hard,” said SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign coordinator Simon Oosterman.

Mr Oosterman said that Unite Union and SuperSizeMyPay.Com is supporting the NUPE negotiation claim for a 30% pay catch-up for all their members, to be paid in line with the nurses’ recent pay-rise, saying it should be applied across the entire health sector.

Clerical workers pay would rise to $12.60 an hour.

Health workers in the Canterbury District Health Board represented by NUPE members have been in negotiations for 12 months without a pay offer or an increase.

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