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Big pay rise for care workers: report

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/04/2017

A pay equity settlement has been reached that`s expected to give about 55,000 low-paid care workers big wage increases, it has been reported.

NZME reports the settlement could cost the government more than $500 million a year.

The workers, most of them women, provide aged residential care, home support and disability services.

Those services are government-funded, and the pay equity claim stems from a case brought by care worker Kristine Bartlett in 2012 which has been going through the courts.

Prime Minister Bill English says the settlement will be discussed by the cabinet on Monday, and after that he'll have more to say about it.

Most of the workers are currently paid at or around the minimum wage rate of $15.75 an hour, and the report says they could get rises of between $3 and $7 an hour.

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