Monday, June 24, 2024

Pay deal on table for 18,000 health staff

The Government has welcomed a proposed pay equity settlement that will see significant pay increases for around 18,000 Te Whatu Ora Allied, Scientific, and Technical employees, if accepted.

Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said the proposal reached between Te Whatu Ora, the New Zealand Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi (PSA) and the Association of Professional and Executive Employees (APEX), now sits with employees for consideration.

“This is another example of our commitment to tackling pay inequity and follows recent pay equity milestones reached for our midwifery and nursing workforces,” she said.

“Our Allied, Scientific, and Technical workforce is an integral part of our health system and includes professions such Anaesthetic Technician, physiotherapists, laboratory scientists and social workers.

“They are expert practitioners across a range of professions including direct care, diagnostic procedures, and making sure safety of care is assured.

“Many of these occupations have been undervalued for too long, and I’m delighted that this proposal is the opportunity to put things right.”

Minister Verrall said that if the proposed settlement is accepted, it will mean salary increases of approximately 20% for most of the workforce, an interim pay adjustment back dated to 30 November 2022, and a lump sum payment of up to $10,000.

“Addressing historical pay inequities across the health sector is a key priority for this Government, and I am extremely proud of the progress achieved in the last year,” she said.

This is the third pay equity settlement reached since the beginning of the year and there is the potential that one further will be reached over the next fortnight, the Minister said.

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