See HCHA's submission to the Health Select Committee on the Care and Support (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill currently before the House
Whilst we support the uplift in wages for our staff, we submitted that two key areas of the Bill needed to be amended. One was on funding and the other on training. We advised the Committee that the Government is underfunding the implementation of pay equity whilst requiring legislation to compel employers to pay. The outcome for our already underfunded sector is ruinous.
See also our press release on this issue.
HCHA looks forward to negotiations on travel time
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Home and Community Health Association is optimistic about the Government’s decision to begin negotiations for a sector-wide settlement over travel time for home care workers.
“We look forward to being part of the negotiations.” said HCHA CEO Julie Haggie. “The best outcome would be one where employers of home support workers can fairly compensate workers for both their travel time and their mileage, but the focus on travel time is an important step on that journey. It is heartening to know that the government has listened to providers at the centre of the dispute as well as the unions and the Association”.
Our workers play an increasingly important role in supporting the health policy of moving care closer to the home. Well trained and fairly rewarded workers can care for people living in their homes with a range of health needs – chronic conditions, dementia, serious injury and disability to name a few. To make it work for the client and for broader health budgets it needs proper resourcing, structure and consistency.”
Julie Haggie 04 472 3196
0274 989 126.
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