Yesterday’s announcement that carers in the aged care and community support sectors will finally have their pay lifted in line with pay equity principles is a breakthrough for women’s human rights. Kristine Bartlett, the carer with decades of experience who took the case, is to be congratulated – as are the unions E Tū, the […]
Communities are strongest when they work together. We are lucky to work with some amazing community groups and individuals to make good Green change in the world. The Green Party has thrown its weight behind great campaigns to get equal pay for women, helping more refugees find a home, and ensure a living wage for […]
Our system of aged care is failing too many of our senior citizens. Last week at a meeting in Stoke-Nelson, we heard more stories of neglect, abuse and poor standards of care for the elderly, following similar stories from previous meetings in Takaka and Levin. I have been working with our Metiria Turei and Annette […]
Aside from the obvious ‘minor’ issues of justice, equality, child poverty, women’s ability to participate in society on an equal footing with men, ethnic/gender disparities and poverty, Australia has just given us another reason to care about Equal Pay. Fair Work Australia workplace tribunal has just made an historic equal pay decision for aged care […]
There was a great turn out to the launch of our Aged Care report on Friday, including many in the sector such as the Nurses Organisation, Aged Concern, and the Service and Food worker’s Union, who welcomed the report and its recommendations.
Winnie Laban and I are well into our nationwide investigation into aged care. We have held five public meetings on aged care – four in the Wellington region and one in Nelson. Only 14 more to go!
Last week Sue Kedgley and Winnie Laban’s aged care tour took them to Porirua. The tour is proving very successful with heaps of people turning out to hear the MPs speak.
I am looking forward to joining Labour’s Winnie Laban for a nationwide tour to investigate the state of aged care in New Zealand. Winnie and I will be travelling around New Zealand, talking to people in their homes and communities about the quality of care they receive. We will be working closely with Grey Power […]