VICTORY FOR HOME SUPPORT MEMBERS

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. 

 

         

 

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