In 2017, care and support workers achieved historic pay increases and improvements when they won their equal pay settlement – as set out in the Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlements Act 2017.
But on 1 July 2022 this law expires along with the settlement. Workers’ pay rates will gradually slip back and their employers will not have to provide training.
Unless it is renewed, the gains and improvements for more than 60,000 workers could be lost, and the sector will lose skilled, trained, experienced support workers who care for some of our most vulnerable.
This puts our people and our services at risk, leaving our elders, disabled and people in the community with mental health issues without the support they need to live with independence and dignity.
Our communities and care and support workers need equal pay to stay. But this requires investment and commitment from the New Zealand Government, before it’s too late.
Tell the Minister why Equal Pay Needs to Stay – share your story or message.
Not sure what to write about? Here's a few prompts:
What does the care and support equal pay settlement mean to you?
For example, if you’re a care and support worker:
What have the historic pay increases meant for your life or your family’s life?
What can you can afford, or do, that you couldn’t before?
How does it feel to have a career path?
What difference has it made to the people you support/care for in your job?
If you’re a community member:
What difference has the care and support equal pay settlement made for you?
Do you have carers for yourself or your whānau who stay in the sector for longer and give you stability?
Do you have happier and more satisfied care workers that are recognised for what they do?
Is it good knowing your family/whānau is better cared for by a well-trained, skilled workforce with a career path?