Another chance to pay women more

The Government should step up to ensure mental health support workers are paid more, the Green Party said today. 

“Mental health support workers do important and difficult work in our communities. But because the workforce is largely female, they are not paid enough,' said Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie. 

The PSA and E Tū unions have lodged an equal pay claim on behalf of mental health support workers, following the historic care and support equal pay settlement, which didn’t include mental health support workers.

“Unions are leading the fight to see women paid better, but wouldn’t it be great for the Government to be proactive to ensure women get a fair deal?

“The mental health sector is under sustained pressure on all fronts. People working in mental health shouldn’t have to keep being underpaid, as well as dealing with more patients and less resources.

“It’s wrong for women to be earning so much less than men in 2017. We need a Government committed to fixing this problem,” Ms Logie said.

Latest Social Development Announcements

Story

Government shows allergy to evidence in benefits crackdown

The Government has been caught in opposition to evidence once again as it looks to usher in tried, tested and failed work seminar obligations for j...
Read More

Story

New unemployment figures paint bleak picture

The Green Party is calling on the Government to do more for our households in most need as unemployment rises and the cost of living crisis endures. 
Read More

Story

Govt must prioritise building more homes, not kicking people out

If the Government was serious about moving families into public housing, they would build more houses so there is actually somewhere for people to ...
Read More

Story

Benefit sanctions will punish people who need support

The National-led Government’s plans to arbitrarily increase benefit sanctions will have a lasting impact on the people who need our support the most.
Read More

Story

Groundhog Day as National once again punishes people on benefits

The coalition Government has today conceded that it did not consider the impact of its benefit changes on children. 
Read More

Story

National Govt will make more people poorer

The Social Development Minister, Louise Upston’s plan to increase benefit sanctions and decrease the rate at which benefits increase each year will...
Read More