New Zealand First is pleased Oceania rest home workers have won a 3.22 per cent wage rise so they are paid in line with those working for other aged care providers.
Health spokesperson Barbara Stewart says the pay increase is a good first step but it is imperative Oceania maintains wage rates at the same level as others working in the aged care sector.
“We congratulate the Oceania workers for their hard-earned victory to be paid at the same rate as other care workers looking after the elderly.
“Our hope is that Oceania will in the coming years continue to match wage rates so further industrial action is not required.”
Mrs Stewart says caring for the elderly involves many distasteful tasks but it is an essential role which is overlooked and underpaid.
“New Zealand First will continue to champion the work carried out by rest home workers and to back future campaigns calling for fair wage increases.”