Putting New Zealand’s 2017 Care and Support Workers Pay Equity Act into Practice
Tuesday 8th October 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Putting New Zealand’s 2017 Care and Support Workers Pay Equity Act into Practice - Research findings & Reflections on issues for Australia
The New Zealand Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity Act) 2017 was unprecedented in legislating for additional funding to cover newly prescribed hourly wages linked to qualifications, and to guarantee training opportunities for care and support workers.
In this symposium New Zealand academics Julie Douglas and Katherine Ravenswood from Auckland University of Technology report on the findings of research, conducted in collaboration with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and their Caring Counts Coalition, undertaken to identify the impacts of the pay equity settlement on workers and managers in residential aged care, home support and disability support sectors. They highlight the significant positive impacts of gender-equal pay on women’s lives as well as some challenges and unanticipated outcomes of the legislation in its implementation in workplaces.
A short panel discussion will follow, with a Community sector representative reflecting on the Australian context and lessons for equal pay for community sector workers in this country.
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