SFWU members working in home support have won a huge victory after years of campaigning.  The former Minister of Health Tony Ryall, along with providers, has signed a $38 million agreement with SFWU and the PSA providing for home support workers' travel time to be paid at least the minimum wage from 1 July 2015.

The agreement also includes an increase in the mileage allowance to a minimum of 50 cents an hour from 1 March 2016 and an annual review of these rates. Most importantly, it provides for an expert advisory group to work on how to implement guaranteed, secure hours of work for our home support members within 24 months of the agreement being signed.

Takaka home support worker and SFWU member, Patricia Martin, said the announcement was a victory for union members. 

The plan will now go out to our members for ratification. 




Oceania care workers step up strike action
Posted On: Monday, 5 March 2012

Following failed mediation earlier today, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU) announced a further round of strike action involving up to 1500 Oceania workers to take place this Wednesday, 7 March.

Union spokesperson Alastair Duncan said the fourth day of mediation saw no movement whatsoever from the company.

“For their part the two unions indicated a genuine willingness to negotiate on our current position if only the company would do the same.

“Oceania has refused to budge and is now trying to bully its staff into accepting less than other aged care workers have already received.”

Last week staff in 20 rest homes took strike action for two hours, receiving strong support from residents and their families. This week staff in 21 facilities will strike.

Wednesday’s strike action will begin at 5.00am and continue until 9.00am. A second strike will be held from 4pm to 6pm. Both unions gave extended notice of the action in order to ensure resident safety.

Oceania staff have been waiting since June 2011 for a pay increase. Oceania has offered nothing for the period from June until March 2012 and 3% for a two year agreement, ending in March 2013.

“This offer equates to one per cent a year spread over three calendar years,” said Alastair Duncan. “Our members are worth much more than that.”


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