E tū members
are pleased to learn today about the next steps in the Government’s plan to
implement Fair Pay Agreement legislation in this term of Government.
has announced more details about what Fair Pay Agreements will look like, and
their proposal is in line with recommendations made by the Fair Pay Agreement
Working Group, which E tū supports.
E tū member and
Auckland Council cleaner Josephine Wiredu, who is employed by a contractor,
supports Fair Pay Agreements to secure decent pay across the cleaning industry.
colleagues and I have just won the Living Wage at our workplace. This is
wonderful, after so long struggling to support my family on the minimum wage,”
“But we now
need to get the Living Wage for the whole cleaning industry. A Fair Pay
Agreement will mean cleaners will have certainty that we will get decent pay
wherever we work.”
Agreements about more than just wages. They will also make it possible to set
better conditions and protections, such as improved health and safety
standards. Security guard Rosey Ngakopu says that’s desperately needed in her
safety is the biggest issue at the majority of sites I have worked on,” Rosey
regular welfare checks, decent facilities, and a lot more to keep us safe at
work. Security guards are often overworked because it’s hard to fill positions
on sites where guards don’t feel safe.”
“A Fair Pay
Agreement will secure us better health and safety, as well as improving pay,
training, and other conditions that guards need.”
announcement today was made with the support of Geneva Healthcare, where Ana
Palei works as a home support worker. She says a Fair Pay Agreement would
address many of the main problems for workers in her industry.
become unbearable sometimes because of the lack of training and support for new
people coming in, unrealistic expectations, unreasonable rosters, and demands
which do not cater for any person’s health and wellbeing – especially for the
vulnerable clients,” Ana says.
“When we won
Equal Pay, our wages increased, which was great, but our hours reduced. Some
home support workers feel we are now worse off. My hours have been reduced a
“A Fair Pay
Agreement means protecting us and our rights as human beings. It will promote
equality in the workforce. It will prioritise health and safety and the
wellbeing of each person, so that we can return home to our loved ones happy
and not too stressed out.”
E tū Assistant
National Secretary Annie Newman says today’s announcement shows that the
Government is on the right track with Fair Pay Agreements.
“This will be
the best change at workplaces in decades,” Annie says.
wages and conditions across the board will stop the race to the bottom, which
sees employers competing for contracts by paying poverty wages.
deserve better pay, better job security, better health and safety, and better
work. Fair Pay Agreements will become an important part of the picture.
info or comment:
Annie Newman, 027 204 6340
Ana are available for media interviews in Auckland at the announcement venue.