The first of many equal pay cheques arrive
Home support and aged care workers received their first equal pay cheque this month following the historic $2 billion equal pay settlement.
This milestone was reached thanks to the hard work of PSA members, delegates and our equal pay advocates who lobbied Members of Parliament setting a precedent for closing the gender pay gap by 2024.
Our equal pay advocates work continues this month with almost 1,700 vocational and disability support workers funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki confirmed as being including in the Equal Pay settlement for care and support workers.
The recent care and support settlement, will be implemented for vocational disability support workers at MSD/OT in early August and will include back pay to the original settlement’s commencement date of 1 July 2017. The Government has approved $55.8 million of funding over five years to include these workers in the historic deal.
This is great news and another step towards our goal of closing the equal pay gap. The next cab off the rank will be mental health support workers. E tū and the PSA have lodged an Equal Pay claim with the Employment Relations Authority for mental health support workers, whose low pay is the result of the same discrimination the rest of the care sector faces.