New Zealand First is dismayed that the Government is refusing to increase the pay of thousands of residential aged care staff.
Providing adequate funding for elderly rest home services has the National Government doing its own version of the David Campese Goosestep to try and avoid the issue.
Barbara will be attending the Caring Counts Summit. On the agenda will be to progress the recommendations in the Caring Counts report by the Human Rights Commission.
New Zealand First is demanding the Government does more than carry out random audits and monitoring to ensure elderly rest home residents are cared for properly.
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.
New Zealand First says the Government has ignored the plight of aged care workers who provide a wonderful service while battling and scrimping to survive on the minimum wage.
New Zealand First has accused the Government of a sneak attack on senior citizens by not specifically mentioning in the Budget significant changes to Aged Care.
New Zealand First says New Zealanders cannot afford to get old and sick after the Government failed to include new funding for Aged Care.
New Zealand First says National is to blame for the low wages and pay inequalities in the residential aged-care sector.