E tū care and support members are celebrating a second substantial pay rise today.
The increase comes a year after the equal pay settlement which followed the historic settlement of the court case taken by E tū and aged care member, Kristine Bartlett.
The settlement includes a series of annual pay rises until 2021, with the next increase on 1 July this year.
“Our members have enjoyed the benefits of last year’s equal pay increase and they will be celebrating this one as well,” says Yvette Taylor, E tū Campaign Lead Organiser.
“It’s another step towards care givers really being valued. The higher pay rates have made a big difference to our members with many finally able to take a holiday, visit their dentist, and pay the bills.
“This latest increase will deliver even more of these benefits, so it’s cause for celebration,” she says.
Wairarapa aged care worker, Simone O’Connor says she’s been reminding her workmates about the increase which for some has come as a pleasant surprise.
“Many had forgotten they were due another pay rise. The year has gone so quickly! But it’s great. We’re on the right path and we’re moving ahead – more money means a better life,” says Simone.
Home support delegate, Shannon Crowley says a year on, the settlement has changed her life, allowing simple pleasures like taking her son to the movies, and planning her first holiday in years.
“I haven’t stressed out about money so much because I just feel more cushioned – just less stressed and cornered,” she says.
“And there’s a lot of clients who really are happy for us. They all say to us, ‘It’s about time, love!’, which is great.”
Meanwhile, Yvette says E tū and its delegates are getting the word out to members to check their pay, and that they are getting the training that is an entitlement included in the settlement.
“Qualifications mean higher pay, but it’s also about ensuring the best quality care for the people our members look after,” she says.
For further information, contact:
Yvette Taylor E tū Campaign Lead Organiser ph. 027 431 8486
To speak to Shannon or Simone, contact: Karen Gregory-Hunt, ph. 022 269 1170.