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Care workers in Waikato to take action

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/05/2016

More than 200 workers who care for intellectually disabled people in Waikato will take industrial action this week in a bid to get a pay rise.

Workers at Community Living Trust will stop work for two hours on Thursday after rejecting a pay increase of nine cents an hour, their unions say.

The PSA and E Tu will attend mediation with the employer on Monday.

The unions say the current pay offer would buy workers just a bottle of milk a week.

"Our members work in residential homes, caring for people with intellectual disabilities," PSA organiser Frank Jackson says.

"It's demanding work and most are paid at or near the minimum wage."

He says settlements with other providers have been higher.

"We call on Community Living Trust to do the right thing - and offer our members a decent pay rise."

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