Community Support

Vocational Disability Support Workers

Yesterday, (Monday 3 July)  the PSA and E tū met with the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki to extend the pay equity settlement to vocational disability support workers.
The Government negotiators and the unions have reached agreement on the text of the settlement and its coverage.
The next steps will include agreement from the appropriate cabinet ministers and the signing of the agreement next week pending ratification.
There will be a short ratification process, although as most vocational support workers have already ratified the agreement and legislation is required, it will be deemed to be ratified from 18 July.
We will notify you of the details of the ratification meeting process shortly.
It is agreed that the new rates will be back paid from 1 July 2017.
Community mental health support workers
E tū and the PSA have filed a pay equity claim in the Employment Relations Authority on behalf of community mental health support workers.

The current situation is causing a major imbalance and will affect the ability for the sector to attract mental health support workers.

The first day of negotiations between the Unions, Ministry of Health and sector representatives is this Thursday 6th July.
Please check your email for updates, and for information of union meetings to talk about the case.  In the meantime, talk to your workmates about signing up to the union and supporting this campaign.
Please call Union Support 0800 1 UNION if you would like further information about Equal Pay and what it means for you.

With 8,000 members in community support this is one of the fastest growing sectors of our union. The workforce includes those working in residential aged care, home care, disability support and social services in a range of hands ­on and support roles. Community support is a growth sector of the NZ economy but a history of underfunding and gender-­based pay discrimination means few workers are properly valued for the work the demanding and skilled work they do.

With women making up most of the sector E tū is leading the fight against gender-­based pay discrimination. E tū member and equal pay hero Kristine Bartlett has taken a landmark legal action that has reinterpreted the 1972 Equal Pay Act winning the case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 2016 we are working with unions are in negotiations with employers and the government to turn the vistory into a settlement that lifts wages to as much as $26 an hour.

Read more about the Equal Pay campaign [link]

Aged care

We represent around 4,000 members in residential aged care and home support. With an aging population in New Zealand, aged care is one of our growth industries. Our members work for major corporate employers such as BUPA, Metlifecare, Oceania, Summerset and Access, as well as religious and community providers such as Presbyterian Support. Union agreements set the benchmark for two thirds of the sector so reaching out to non union staffis an important part of our organising in both residential and home support.

While low pay is the most significant issue that needs addressing, E tū is also focused on safe staffing levels and proper training opportunities for the care and support staff across the sector.

Along with our successes in the Equal Pay campaign we’ve already secured won in-­between travel time payments for home support workers and later this year guaranteed hours will be under the spotlight.

Disability support/mental health/social services

Another 4000 plus members work in disability support and mental health with large employers such as IDEA Services, CCS Disability Action and PACT as well as smaller local and community based providers.

In recent years we have had huge wins for our members in disability support including winning better pay rates for staff required to sleepover at work. Our victory resulted in backpay and annual increases of over $60 million.

Disability support workers are now included in the equal pay negotiations and we’ll be pushing to extend any settlement to mental health and social services.

E tū is also campaigning to raise awareness about the disability support sector and the complexity and responsibility of the work. Disability support workers are some of the unsung heroes of our communities and play the vital role of helping people with disabilities live comfortably and reach their full potential.

Selwyn Foundation E tū members celebrate their ongoing campaign for decent wages.

E tū welcomes Green Party’s pay equity policy

E tū has welcomed the Green Party’s commitment to pay equity for women.

The party’s pay equity policy promises pay equity legislation which includes the recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity principles. It would also require greater pay transparency by companies, so people know what men and women in the same workplace are paid.

E tū embraces Equal Pay week as mental health workers pursue Equal Pay

E tū is urging women to embrace Equal Pay week, as it focusses on winning an Equal Pay deal for mental health support workers.

These workers were left out of the Equal Pay Settlement after the government refused to include them.

E tū: Government lacks support for pay equity bill

E tū says the government will face strong opposition to its Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill which had its first reading in parliament today. The bill passed with the support of National MPs, Peter Dunne, and David Seymour, but Labour, the Greens, New Zealand First and the Maori Party all voted against it.

National Governments Bill would not get Kate Sheppards Support

Today the Council of Trade Unions, on behalf of all working women, is calling on all women in Parliament to vote for women and vote against the first reading of the Governments Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill. Those that do vote against are being offered a white flower to wear. This Bill will make it harder for women to achieve fair and equal pay.

Vocational and disability support workers at MSD and Oranga Tamariki part of historic pay equity agreement

The Public Service Association and E tū are pleased to confirm that almost 1700 vocational and disability support workers funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki will be included in the historic Equal Pay settlement for care and support workers that took effect on 1 July.