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Mental health workers to get pay rise

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6 days ago

Nearly 4000 mental health and addiction service workers will soon get a pay rise in line with last year's pay equity settlement for home care workers. © Shutterstock Nearly 4000 mental health and addiction service workers will soon get a pay rise in line with last year's pay equity settlement for home care workers. About 3800 mental health and addiction workers will soon get a pay rise in line with last year's pay equity settlement for home care workers.

But the government won't yet say what kind of bill it faces over the decision.

Health Minister David Clark confirmed on Wednesday he had agreed to begin negotiations to extend the settlement to cover the mental health and addiction workers.

"We are correcting a problem created by the previous government, which failed to make the settlement broad enough to include mental health and addiction workers," he said.

"We are doing the right thing for these workers."

However, Mr Clark would not comment on how much the government could potentially end up paying in total, saying it would have to wait until negotiations were finished.

"We have an estimate of the parameters, but more will be revealed in the budget," he said.

The previous pay equity settlement gave home care workers pay rises of between 15 per cent and 50 per cent.

Unions, including the Council of Trade Unions, the Public Service Association and E tu welcomed Wednesday's announcement.

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