Respect for care & support workers

What are we campaigning for?

In 2017, more than 60,000 care and support workers achieved historic pay increases and improvements in conditions when they won their equal pay settlement.

The terms of the settlement were set out in the law, called the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement 2017.

Improvements for workers included:

  • Increased funding to the sector
  • ‘Life-changing’ increases in workers’ wages
  • Support for workers to go up the pay scale by completing different levels of training

This settlement currently expires on 1 July 2022.

What we need for workers

Our members have already told us their sector is in crisis.

It’s vital that we retain skilled, experienced workers so our seniors, disabled, those with mental health issues and others have support to live with independence and dignity.

Care and support unions, E tū, NZNO, and PSA, want to see the settlement renewed with pay rates updated for the following term.

That means:

  • Care and Support (Pay Equity) Settlement Act renewed
  • Workers’ pay rates to continue rise each year as they do currently under the settlement

What you can do

The Government is willing to enter into talks to renew the legislation, and unions will be filing a claim under the updated Equal Pay Act to get that done.

This work will take around 18 months. But workers still need to see a pay rise in the meantime.

So far the Government has only offered around 2.5-3% – less than half of the current rate of inflation.

Union events

During May, we’ll be holding events, rallies, and more. Watch this space for more!

Lobby your local MP

Write or meet with the MP in your electorate and tell them how important this issue is to you.

Click here to find your local MP.

Sign our petition

Download and share at your workplace.

History of the settlement

This incredible win was a result of legal action taken by E tū (then the SFWU), after one of its members, Kristine Bartlett, filed a claim with the Employment Relations Authority.

Kristine claimed that, due to gender discrimination, she was not being paid in line with the Equal Pay Act.

The courts found that for the last 20 years, care and support workers – most of whom are women – had been paid less for their work than if it had been done by a man.

E tū members celebrate with Kristine (second from right)