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


Immediate Action Needed on Care Workers Wages

Alliance Party Media Release for Immediate Release Sunday 27th May 2012

Immediate Action Needed on Care Workers Wages

Alliance Party co leader Kevin Campbell calls pay rates for aged and disability support workers in New Zealand a national disgrace.

Mr Campbell says Human Rights Commissioner Dr Judy McGregor is quite right to describe pay rates as "modern - day slavery". Sadly a high percentage of care workers are foreign workers coming to New Zealand to try to get a new start in a new country. The Alliance is not proud of the working conditions these workers are experiencing in caring for our elderly.

The Alliance congratulates Dr McGregor for spending a week as an uncover care worker to experience the conditions first hand, and for drawing attention to the issue.

The disability and aged care sectors are almost totally government funded. The underpayment of care workers stems from undervaluing of both the elderly and people with disabilities. It has always been this way because quite simply the people of New Zealand tolerate it. We, as taxpayers, have not cared enough to put pressure on the government to improve wages and conditions for workers.

Protestations from successive governments that they cannot control what service providers pay their staff are simply rubbish. It took a matter of weeks to legislate so that Warner Bros could get the employment conditions they demanded for workers on The Hobbit because everyone wanted the film made in New Zealand.

Mr Campbell believes there are two easy options. The government could legislate to enforce conditions on the aged care and disability sector including staff wage rates, staff/ service user ratios and minimum qualifications.

And it could raise the minimum wage so that services have to pay their staff more. The Alliance believes a minimum wage of $17 is necessary for workers to have a passable standard of living. This would benefit not only support workers but all workers on the minimum wage.

Dr McGregor says "to know is to get angry" Now we know, and it is time to get angry. We need to get behind the commissioner and demand that the government take action immediately.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell : On Dealing With Impeccable, Impeachable Lies

By now, the end game the Republican Senate majority has in mind in their setting of the rules for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is pretty clear to everyone: first deny the Democrats the ability to call witnesses and offer evidence, and then derisively dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. For his part, does former security adviser John Bolton really, really want to testify against his former boss? If there was any competing faction within the Republican Party, there might be some point for Bolton in doing so – but there isn’t. More>>

Published on Werewolf


Coronavirus: Health Staff To Meet China Flights

Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. More>>


WINZ Quarterly Report: More People Getting Into Work

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More>>


Changing lives: Boost In Whānau Ora Funding

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More>>


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>


Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>


In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>






InfoPages News Channels