Pacific Homecare commends pay rise for homecare sector

At the end of April, Government announced a historic pay equity deal for care workers, a decisions which directly affects Auckland-based provider Pacific Homecare staff working with the elderly and disabled community.



The $2 billion settlement affects approximately 55,000 low-paid workers, mainly women, working in three government-funded service sectors: aged residential care, home support, disability services.


It is the first legal settlement in New Zealand which recognises that some jobs pay less because they are done mainly by women.


Effective from July 2017, care workers in these women-dominated sectors will get pay rises worth up to a $5000 a year.


Health Minister Jonathan Coleman described it as the largest pay increase in New Zealand's history.


"For the 20,000 workers currently on the minimum wage of $15.75 per hour, it means on July 1 they will move to at least $19 per hour,” he said, “a 21 per cent pay rise.”


Pacific Homecare CEO Hamish Crooks said the decision was welcomed.


“The decision around pay equity is very much welcomed for many women and Pacific people, who have worked hard in this sector over many years,” he said.


“It recognises their skills, experience and commitment to the care to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and is a good step forward and well overdue.”


He added that the settlement was a long-time in the making.


“Our national Home & Community Health Association, the Unions and Government officials have been working at this settlement for some years now.


"We are looking forward to the upcoming changes” he said.


“Workers will be pleased they will be paid more, and to be honest, like other service organisations they truly deserve so much more recognition for the quality of the services they provide.”



About Pacific Homecare


Pacific Homecare is a Charitable Trust organisation providing home-based healthcare throughout the Auckland region to the disabled and the elderly community who wish to stay living at home, but who need assistance. With more than 20 years of experience serving the community, PHC strives to serve all clients with love, care and professionalism. They take a sensitive cultural approach to their work, respecting the cultural differences, requirements and preferences of all clients.


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