Story: Care and carers

Rest-home workers on strike

Rest-home workers on strike

Until 2017 rest-home workers were amongst the lowest paid workers in New Zealand, even though they provide an essential service. These rest home workers employed by Guardian Healthcare in Auckland were on strike after pay negotiations foundered in 2005. They were seeking a raise that would have given caregivers an hourly rate of $11 to $14, and registered nurses $17.60 to $23.50. At the time the minimum adult wage was $9.50 an hour.

In April 2017, after 20 months of negotiation between the New Zealand government and E tū, a union for caregivers, a settlement was reached on equal pay for aged caregivers. It involved increases between 2017 and 2021 in the hourly rates paid to caregivers who were previously on the minimum wage.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Care and carers - The politics of care', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 11 May 2018