Kōrero: Care and carers

Rest-home workers on strike

Rest-home workers on strike

Until 2017 rest-home workers were amongst the lowest-paid workers in New Zealand, even though they provided an essential service. These rest-home workers employed by Guardian Healthcare in Auckland were on strike in 2005 after pay negotiations foundered. They were seeking a raise that would have given caregivers an hourly rate of between $11 and $14, and registered nurses between $17.60 and $23.50. At the time the minimum adult hourly wage was $9.50.

In April 2017, after 20 months of negotiation between the government and E tū, a union for caregivers, a settlement was reached on equal pay for aged caregivers. It involved increases between 2017 and 2021 in the hourly rates paid to caregivers who had been on the minimum wage.

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New Zealand Herald
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Photograph by Richard Robinson

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Care and carers - The politics of care', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/30475/rest-home-workers-on-strike (accessed 18 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Nancy Swarbrick, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 11 May 2018