“1 July is a historic day for care and support workers with the $2 billion pay equity settlement coming into effect,” says Dr Coleman. “This means that the 55,000 care and support workers in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services will receive a pay rise of between 15 and 50 per cent. “For the 20,000 workers currently on the minimum wage of $15.75 per hour, their pay will increase to at least $19 per hour, a 21 per cent pay rise. For a full-time worker, this means they will be taking home around an extra $100 a week, or more than $5,000 a year.
Affco and the Meat Workers Union took their battle over unlawful lockouts during negotiations to the Supreme Court today, the latest stage in the long-running dispute. The case is the first judicial test of amendments to the Employment Relations Act introduced in March 2015, which allowed firms to opt out of multi-employer agreements and removed the duty under good faith bargaining for both sides to reach an agreement. Affco was the first company to apply for an end to bargaining under the legislative changes and has mounted continuous but as-yet unsuccessful legal challenges to an Employment Court ruling in favour of the Meat Workers Union.
The PSA and E tū will lodge an equal pay claim on behalf of community mental health support workers with the Employment Relations Authority. From 1 July, care and support workers in aged care, disability care and home support will receive a big pay lift because of the historic care and support Equal Pay settlement. PSA national secretary Erin Polaczuk says mental health support workers are already having to do more with less, and many are feeling underappreciated and underpaid for the complex and sensitive work they do.
E tū members at Nelson-based King Salmon have won an impressive three-year deal to substantially lift pay for all workers and will see the lowest paid workers’ wages increase by more than 10 percent. The agreement includes a series of significant pay rises over the three-year period for all King Salmon workers from now to April 2019 with those on the lowest pay receiving a pay rise of 10.33% by then.
Restaurant Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut, Carls Jr and Starbucks, has reached an agreement with Unite Union for all staff to receive an increase of between 60 cents and $1 an hour back-dated to April 1. Under the new deal, a KFC shift supervisor will get $22.77 an hour for ordinary time worked, and a Starbucks barista will now get $17.18 an hour.
E tū members at Etel Ltd have been offered a pay rise of just 40 cents an hour – compared with a 5% pay rise over 2 years recently agreed for Unison’s own workers. E tū organiser, Dayna Townsend says most members earn between $17.00 and $18.80 an hour. “We’ve been in negotiations for six months and all Etel will offer is an extra 40 cents on these extremely low wages and people are fed up. They can’t live on what they earn and they’ve had enough,” says Dayna. She says workers are seeking the Living Wage of $20.20 which the company has refused to consider, and a skills-based pay scale which the company has refused to put into the agreement.
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