NZNOThursday 30 August 2012, 4:27PM
Media release from NZNO
Attendees at the launch heard from workers who slave all hours and
still don't make enough to pay the bills. The minimum wage is not
enough. As Dr Don Matheson said at the launch, "The minimum wage is
a dying wage and it is morally and ethically unacceptable. We need
a living wage."
NZNO researcher and policy adviser, Dr Jill Clendon says, "Dr
Matheson was talking in relation to the effects of poverty on
health. The social determinants of health prove that poverty is the
root cause of much ill health and inequality in this
"Those who are struggling to survive on incredibly low wages are
also the people who face barriers to accessing health care,
education and other social services when and where they need
"NZNO advocates for fair pay and safe working conditions for all
its members, including those who work in the residential aged care
sector. Aged care workers are some of the most vulnerable workers
in our society. It is shameful that the skilled work they perform
with love and respect is often paid at the minimum wage rate of
$13.50 an hour."
"Supporting the Living wage Campaign is part of a nationwide push
to redress the problem of poverty and everything that stems from
it," Clendon says.