Equal Pay ratification meetings for Mental Health support workers

We are finally here; after years of campaigning, and filing the Equal Pay case in 2012, the unions won!


Following 20 months of negotiations with the Government we have a proposed settlement. This also follows various campaigns to improve support workers’ wages such as the sleepover victory, the PSA/E tū joint Up Where We Belong campaign and Time to Care campaign which led to travel time and guaranteed hours for home support workers.

The historic Equal Pay settlement negotiated with Government and the unions E tū, PSA, NZNO and CTU is the largest pay settlement ever in the sector. We won because thousands of support workers like you joined together and campaigned, lobbied MPs and educated communities about the value of your work and the need to pay you properly.

Now that we have a proposed settlement, it must be voted on and ratified by support workers across New Zealand, before it comes into effect. We are holding thousands of meetings across the country so that as many workers as possible have a chance to have a say, hear about the proposed settlement and vote.

Voting is only the first step. Support workers need a strong collective voice in this growing workforce to make sure what we have all achieved is respected and implemented as agreed. The best way to have your voices heard at work and in the sector is by joining together in your union.

Equal pay handout PSA Etu 2018

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Equal pay FAQs Joint web

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