Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Government and unions right the wrong

Government and unions right the wrong for people working in mental health and addiction support

Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today congratulated the Government, the Public Service Association and E tū - and also providers - on a deal that rightly puts mental health and addiction support workers back into the pay equity settlement they were left out of last year.

"This is something the new Government committed to fix, where the previous Government tried to look the other way. Today is a really positive outcome, brought about by all the parties working together, and it is a good sign for future resolution of similar issues."

"Mental health and addiction support is vital and often emotionally intense work," says Wagstaff. "Unfortunately, people working in these roles have been undervalued in the same way as care and support workers. This deal not only makes it fair - it helps prevent a looming crisis in the broader sector, with people switching to aged care for better pay."

"I’m particularly pleased to see that the offer is backdated to when these people would have been receiving the money they deserved if the National Government had not wrongly left them out of the care and support settlement last year."

"Putting up to $170 more a week into the pay of low-paid people, mostly women, is a good example of what strong union membership can do in negotiation with Government and employers. Inclusive and well thought-out agreements like this can put fair pay before politics and make sure working people are not short-changed."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

West Coast PGF Announced: Kickstart For Ports, Rail, Town

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is backing the West Coast with initial investment in projects that could lift the region’s productivity potential and future-proof its economy.
The PGF government will invest $625,000 in four feasibility studies for proposals that would boost tourism, increase transport resilience and generate employment opportunities.


Moving On: Flavell Leaves Māori Party TO Lead Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

The Māori Party congratulates Te Ururoa Flavell on his appointment as Kaiurungi - Chief Executive Officer of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and thanks him for his many years of service, support and aroha for the Māori Party, its kaupapa, and for communities across Aotearoa. More>>


IPCA On 2016 Armed Offenders Response: 'Serious Failings' Put Officers At Risk

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the tactical decision-making and control and command exercised by Police in response to shots fired near Kawerau on 9 March 2016 was highly flawed and placed Police officers at risk. More>>


Mental Health: National Offers Cross-Party Action

National is not prepared to let the Government park the mental health needs of Kiwis while it holds an inquiry, and has offered to work together to improve New Zealand’s mental health services both immediately and longer term, Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says. More>>


Extradited To Deportation: 'Justice Not Served' In Australia Muddle

A number of New Zealanders who have been extradited to Australia to face charges - only to be sent back here or put in immigration detention centres - is concerning, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

ASMS: Syphilis Deaths Highlight Need For Proper Resourcing

“The heart-wrenching news that babies have died from syphilis underscores yet again the importance of properly funding and resourcing essential health services... This should not be happening in a quality first-world public health care system like New Zealand’s.” More>>


'Don't Mess This Up': Youth Message On Zero Carbon Act

The young New Zealanders credited with driving momentum for a Zero Carbon Act have formally handed over their submission on the proposed law to MPs from the Labour, Green and National parties. More>>





Featured InfoPages