News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Strikes highlight importance of funding for caregivers

Health strikes highlight importance of funding for caregiver wages

8 August 2014

Media Release

“It’s time for our Government to take action that will, at a minimum, achieve pay parity for our caregivers,” says Martin Taylor, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association.

“The recent announcement of a looming PSA strike action over wage rates in the health sector further highlights the large wage disparity between our 30,000 caregiver’s wages and DHB caregiver wages for doing the same job,” says Taylor.

More than 11,000 health workers from within DHB facilities have called for strike action over their wage rates this week.

The PSA is seeking an increase in DHB health worker’s wages. These wages are already significantly higher than those paid to caregivers in the aged care sector. Wages for both DHB health workers and the aged care sector’s caregivers are directly tied to government funding.

“Caregivers working within DHB facilities receive a minimum of $17.50 per hour, whereas the 30,000 caregivers working outside of DHB facilities receive on average only $15.31 per hour to do the same job,” he says.

“Our caregiver wage rates cannot be allowed to fall even further behind their DHB counterparts as a direct result of underfunding from our Government,” he says.

“This strike announcement shows just how woefully underfunded the aged care sector is. All caregivers deserve recognition for their hard work. This situation has prevailed for eight years which is far too long. Enough is enough,” he says.

The New Zealand Aged Care Association is currently campaigning for increased funding from the Government in order to achieve pay parity for caregivers. More information is available on the campaign website: www.whocares.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Super Rugby: Parade To Celebrate Highlanders’ Win

The Dunedin City Council is urging people to come along on Monday to congratulate the team on its win in Wellington tonight. The Highlanders will leave from outside the Dental School at midday. More>>

ALSO:

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news