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. 




Spotless lockout sets a shameful milestone
Posted On: Friday, 20 July 2007

Tomorrow (Friday) marks the sixth day of the lockout of 800 hospital cleaners, orderlies and kitchen workers by their employer Spotless Services Ltd. The Service and Food Workers Union says the hospital lockout now exceeds the total number of days lost in the health sector over the past ten years.
"More lost hours have been generated by Spotless in this one lockout, than the total lost hours of every other industrial dispute in our public hospitals over the past ten years," says SFWU spokesperson Alastair Duncan.
"Spotless has set a shameful milestone."
The union estimates that the eight hundred workers, most of whom earn less than $13 an hour, have lost over four hundred thousand dollars in wages to date.
Most Spotless hospital worker earn less than $NZ27, 000 a year. This contrast with the $A100, 000 directorships paid to Board members and the CEO's $A1.7 million package," says Alastair Duncan.

Alastair Duncan
SFWU Bargaining Coordinator
Mobile 027 245 6593 

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