Care workers pay equity law passed
Parliament has passed the bill that implements the care worker pay settlement that's going to cost the Government $2 billion over the next five years.
About 55,000 home care workers, nearly all of them women, will get pay rises of between 15 percent and 50 percent from July 1.
For the 210,000 currently on the minimum wage of $15.75 an hour, it means that on July 1 they will move to at least $19 an hour.
MPs cheered and clapped as the bill went through its third reading unanimously on Thursday.
"This settlement corrects an historic undervaluation for this group of hard working and predominantly female health workers who care for some of New Zealand's most vulnerable people," said Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who was lead negotiator with the unions.
"The Ministry of Health is working closely with funders and providers on ensuring the first pay run after July 1 goes smoothly."