Aged care worker Kristine Bartlett won New Zealander of the Year for her fight alongside union E tū for equal pay for care and support workers. Her win has prompted questions about how far we have to go to fully address pay equity in New Zealand.
The Government's intentions to extend the pay equity settlement to mental health and addiction support workers has been welcomed, but employers want to see the new settlement fully funded.
Westport rest home and hospital will close by March.
The Government says it will enter equal pay negotiations for community mental health and addiction support workers.
On reflecting on 2017, Careerforce chief executive RAY LIND says the Pay Equity settlement, while welcome, has not been without its challenges
E tū's Assistant National Secretary JOHN RYALL says the problems with funding the pay equity settlement should not detract from the justice of delivering higher pay for care workers.
A new report highlighting the looming aged care worker shortage calls for action from the new Government to address the problems arising from the immigration settings introduced earlier this year.
Rest homes are in a "perpetuating cycle of decline" due to the effects of the pay equity settlement. They are supported by the unions in their calls for Government to review the way their sector is funded for pay equity. By JUDE BARBACK.
Mental health support workers are clinging to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's pre-election assurance that mental health workers would be included in the equal pay settlement, which applies only to aged care, disability, and home support workers.
People working in residential aged care, home and community support services and retirement villages are likely to encounter the death of a resident or client. Australian provider Karuna says it's ok to grieve, and suggests some coping strategies.