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.

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.

Equal Pay update: Equal pay deal for Vocational workers & pay equity claim for mental health support workers

Hi everyone,


We’ve sealed the deal for vocational workers to receive the Equal Pay Settlement! Also, we have the latest on the pay equity claim for mental health support workers.  See below for details.



Equal pay deal for Vocational workers & pay equity claim for mental health support workers

Equal Pay update : Equal pay deal for Vocational workers & pay equity claim for mental health support workers


IDEA Services Collective Ratified

Dear E tū members

With the final votes counted we can confirm that E tū members have ratified the new collective agreement for admin and support workers. The final vote was 604 in favour and 243 against - meaning 7 out of every 10 votes were to settle.


Historic Equal Pay Settlement comes into force midnight

From midnight, tonight (1 July) the celebrations will begin in earnest as the reality of their big pay rise sinks in for 55,000 care and support workers in aged care, disability services and home support.

These are workers included in the historic Equal Pay Settlement which has resulted in one of the biggest increases in pay for any group of workers in New Zealand history.