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E tū Welcomes Next Steps For Fair Pay Agreements


E tū members are pleased to learn today about the next
steps in the Government’s plan to implement Fair Pay
Agreement legislation in this term of Government.

The
Government has announced more details about what Fair Pay
Agreements will look like, and their proposal is in line
with recommendations made by the Fair Pay Agreement Working
Group, which E tū supports.

E tū member and Auckland
Council cleaner Josephine Wiredu, who is employed by a
contractor, supports Fair Pay Agreements to secure decent
pay across the cleaning industry.

“My colleagues and I
have just won the Living Wage at our workplace. This is
wonderful, after so long struggling to support my family on
the minimum wage,” Josephine says.

“But we now
need to get the Living Wage for the whole cleaning industry.
A Fair Pay Agreement will mean cleaners will have certainty
that we will get decent pay wherever we work.”

Fair
Pay Agreements about more than just wages. They will also
make it possible to set better conditions and protections,
such as improved health and safety standards. Security guard
Rosey Ngakopu says that’s desperately needed in her
industry.

“Health and safety is the biggest issue at
the majority of sites I have worked on,” Rosey
says.

“We need regular welfare checks, decent
facilities, and a lot more to keep us safe at work. Security
guards are often overworked because it’s hard to fill
positions on sites where guards don’t feel
safe.”

“A Fair Pay Agreement will secure us better
health and safety, as well as improving pay, training, and
other conditions that guards need.”

The announcement
today was made with the support of Geneva Healthcare, where
Ana Palei works as a home support worker. She says a Fair
Pay Agreement would address many of the main problems for
workers in her industry.

“Work has become unbearable
sometimes because of the lack of training and support for
new people coming in, unrealistic expectations, unreasonable
rosters, and demands which do not cater for any person’s
health and wellbeing – especially for the vulnerable
clients,” Ana says.

“When we won Equal Pay, our
wages increased, which was great, but our hours reduced.
Some home support workers feel we are now worse off. My
hours have been reduced a lot.

“A Fair Pay Agreement
means protecting us and our rights as human beings. It will
promote equality in the workforce. It will prioritise health
and safety and the wellbeing of each person, so that we can
return home to our loved ones happy and not too stressed
out.”

E tū Assistant National Secretary Annie
Newman says today’s announcement shows that the Government
is on the right track with Fair Pay
Agreements.

“This will be the best change at
workplaces in decades,” Annie says.

“Setting fair
wages and conditions across the board will stop the race to
the bottom, which sees employers competing for contracts by
paying poverty wages.

“Workers deserve better pay,
better job security, better health and safety, and better
work. Fair Pay Agreements will become an important part of
the
picture.

 

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