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Ranfurly strike sign of more to come

15 August 2013

Ranfurly strike sign of more to come

The Green Party warns that a caregivers strike at Ranfurly Veterans Home is an indicator of more to come when the Employment Relations Act Amendment Bill is passed and workers find employment conditions are being stripped away.

Staff at a residential aged care facility for war veterans have been told to accept a pay cut of up to $100 per week along with the loss of conditions and holidays, or face redundancy.

“This is an example of Simon Bridges so-called ‘even playing field’, where workers are told to take it or leave it,” said Green Party trade relations spokesperson Denise Roche.

“Bridges proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act will only make things worse for workers in New Zealand.

“The National Government is not proposing a single change that will mean New Zealanders wages will increase.

“Their own cabinet advice acknowledges that it is likely the changes will make it easier for employers to pay their workers less.

"The Government has forgotten hard working Kiwis like these Ranfurly caregivers who do an amazing job caring for war veteran residents. Instead the Government is backing employers with their reforms.

“These workers do an important job with vulnerable people and need to be shown care and respect, not driven into poverty when they barely earning a living wage now,” Ms Roche said.

ENDS

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