You did it! Mental health and addiction support workers are Worth 100%


Around 5000 workers will be paid what they’re worth, after the ground-breaking care and support settlement was extended to cover them.

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Health minister David Clark and PSA's Kerry Davies at the signing

Around 5000 workers will be paid what they’re worth, after the ground-breaking care and support settlement was extended to cover them.

Today, a wrong was righted as Health Minister David Clark signed the $173.5 million settlement, along with representatives from unions, providers and the Ministry of Health.

The previous National-led government had excluded these workers from the original $2 billion settlement, and the Labour party has now made good on the commitments it made before last year’s general election.

More than half the workers in the sector will get an increase of more than $3 an hour – and one in five will get more than $5 an hour.

“We’re thrilled to see this wrong righted today,” PSA Assistant National Secretary Kerry Davies says.

“Mental health and addiction support workers work with some of the most vulnerable people in New Zealand, and today they are getting what they truly deserve – because they are worth 100%.”

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David Clark (centre) with the PSA's Michael Woodcock, Melissa Woolley and Kerry Davies and PSA delegate Tarn Evans

Health Minister David Clark made special mention of the “persistence and hard work” of unions – the PSA, E Tu and NZ Council of Trade Unions – in ensuring the settlement was reached so that workers can be “paid adequately for what they do” and in line with last year’s settlement for care and support workers.

Kerry Davies paid tribute to workers for never giving up on achieving the settlement. She also acknowledged the role of the new Government in delivering on the promise to “put this right”.

“In particular this is the beginning of further improvements we can anticipate workers in the mental health and addiction sector when the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry makes recommendations to the Government later this year”.

Here's the joint media release from PSA and E tū.

You can download an FAQ about the Equal Pay settlement here.

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