Just four months ago, the Government described its $2 billion deal with Kristine Bartlett and her fellow aged care workers as an historic first step towards achieving pay equity. But Bartlett, who was overjoyed when she celebrated the deal with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, now says she feels betrayed by the Government. Andre Chumko reports.
Prime Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman have jointly announced the Government will contribute 91 percent of the $2.048 billion needed to fund pay increases of between 15 to 49 percent for health care workers over the next five years. ACC will contribute the remaining $192 million in the deal agreed with unions to settle the TerraNova pay equity claim, which could see ACC levies increase as a result. A third of aged care residents (those who are unsubsidised and pay for their own care) will see their fees rise around six percent.