The Employment Court has issued a preliminary ruling on caregivers pay – saying that their pay should be compared to what it would be if their profession was male-dominated, not 92% women.
Kristine Bartlett is the test case with more than 20 years’ experience and skills bringing her a $14.32/hr wage. The Service and Food Workers’ Union (SFWU) took it to the Employment Court to say that those skills and experience are under-valued.
The result is a huge precedent for gender pay equity.
John Ryall of the SFWU is now inviting thousands of caregivers to join the Equal Pay case against their employers and the DHBs (who contract out the work).