Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlements Amendment Bill

NZNO invites your feedback on this Bill which aims to address historical inequalities and ensure support workers receive fair pay. The Bill seeks to do this by clearly defining the role of support workers, clarifying that mental health and addiction support workers are included.

The bill would give effect to elements of the following settlement agreements:

  • the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki (Care and Support Workers Pay Equity) Settlement Agreement and
  • the Mental Health and Addiction Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Agreement 2018

New pay rates would be related to the qualification held by support workers. Employers would receive government funding to facilitate new pay rates and back payment of previously underpaid employees.

Please send feedback to by 18 July 2019

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