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


Give home-care workers a fair deal - Greens

2 December 2004

Give home-care workers a fair deal - Greens

The Green Party says elderly being looked after in their own homes will become increasingly vulnerable if the Government doesn't step in and look after those caring for them.

Green Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley says rock bottom wages and appalling work conditions are forcing home-care workers to walk away from an industry already in crisis.

Ms Kedgley was Deputy Chair of the Health Select Committee that investigated the conditions of home care workers following the lodging of two petitions calling for an increase in homecare wages. Their report was released today.

She said it was shocking that home-care workers were expected to provide their own transport and pay their travel costs from their meagre wages.

"Effectively, they are being treated like third-world workers and we call on the Government to put a stop to this abuse of home-care workers," Ms Kedgley said. "District Health Boards must be required to reimburse home-care workers' travel costs.

Ms Kedgley said the Health Select Committee was warned that the sector could 'hit melt down' at Christmas time, if urgent action was not taken to significantly increase home care worker's wages.

"We are extremely concerned this will put the safety and care of vulnerable, elderly New Zealanders at risk."

Ms Kedgley said the excessively high turnover of home-care workers, (88% in some areas) and the number of providers who were pulling out of the market due to under-funding in the sector, was also putting the safety of elderly New Zealanders at risk.

Green Industrial Relations Spokesperson Sue Bradford backed Ms Kedgley's call for action saying the cost of driving between clients could see some workers, in effect, receiving as little as $4-$5 an hour.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Herd Immunity Isn’t A Valid Option, And What’s With Our Reluctance To Wear Masks?

Herd immunity has recently bounced back into the headlines as a tool for managing Covid-19, and as a supposed alternative to lockdowns. In the US, a group of scientists was recently brought together in the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts by a think tank funded by the Koch brothers. The assembled scientists signed the so called Barrington Declaration, which promotes herd immunity as a rational means of re-opening US public schools and the economy at large... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>


Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>


Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>


Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Four-Year Terms Of Parliament, And On How The US Courts Are Dismantling Democracy

Last week, the issue of four-year parliamentary terms surfaced again. Infuriatingly, it is being discussed purely in terms of its convenience for political parties. They’d get so much more time to enact their policies, free of scrutiny or sanction by voters ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels