Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Minister should give disability support workers a fair go


Darien
FENTON
Labour Issues Spokesperson

9 December 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Minister should give all disability support workers a fair go

More than a year since the Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Act was passed under urgency there are still many carers who continue to work sleepovers for less than minimum wage says Darien Fenton, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues.

“While I’m pleased that the first group of workers from Idea Services and Tamata Hou will finally be paid the full minimum wage this Christmas, only seven other organisations have been recommended by the government to be passed through the Order in Council process – ensuring their workers were also paid minimum wage for sleepovers.

“Disability Support Workers in 94 other organisations continue to work sleepovers for less than minimum wage.

“The Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, should give these workers what they deserve this Christmas and assure them that their settlements will be expedited so they won’t be waiting another year to be paid a basic wage for doing their jobs.

“The Minister made a big song and dance about this last Christmas saying that the Government supported quality care for vulnerable disabled New Zealanders.

“If that is true, he should also support the workers who care for them and get his Ministry to get on with the job of making sure they are paid properly for the significant and important job they do,” Darien Fenton said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Election Day: Make Sure You're A Part Of It!

Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years.

“The people and parties we elect tomorrow will be making the decisions that affect us, our families and our communities,” says Robert Peden, Chief Electoral Officer. “It doesn’t get much more important than that, and we need all New Zealanders to use their voice and vote.”

Voting places will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm on election day. The busiest time at voting places is usually 9.00am - 11.00am.

“Take your EasyVote card with you when you go to vote, as it will make voting faster and easier, and vote close to home if you can. But don’t worry if you forget your card, or didn’t receive one, because as long as you are enrolled to vote, your voice will be heard,” says Mr Peden. More>>

 

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news