Aged care EEO inquiry.
Subject: Affirmative action (Laws, regulations and rules)
Aged (Services)
Aged (Recruiting)
Aged (Laws, regulations and rules)
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: August, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 7
Topic: Event Code: 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime; 280 Personnel administration; 970 Government domestic functions Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation; Industry hiring
Product: Product Code: 9918440 Affirmative Action; 8328000 Social Services for Elderly; 9105131 Social Service Support-Elderly NAICS Code: 62412 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities; 92313 Administration of Human Resource Programs (except Education, Public Health, and Veterans' Affairs Programs)
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Name: New Zealand; New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 266344839
Full Text: "Fair pay is a big issue for places like old people's homes." "Care staff get dreadful wages for the work they do."

These are a sample of the comments made to the Human Rights Commission when it talked to 3000 New Zealanders in its National Conversation about Work project last year.

As a result of the long-standing concerns about fairness in the aged-care sector, the Commission will this year hold an inquiry into the equal employment opportunities (EEO) issues in the aged-care sector.

"We want to hear the views of nurses, carers and GPs, and those receiving care, as well as the views of district health boards, employers, managers and anyone who has an interest in improving conditions in the sector", said EEO Commissioner Judy McGregor.

The Commission's EEO team will visit a number of regions and hopes to hold public and individual meetings and to talk to as many people as possible in the lime available. The regions include Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin and Southland.

The inquiry's terms of reference include: the regulatory frameworks in the aged-care sector workforce supply issues, including recruitment and retention; training and qualifications; conditions of work, including staff-to-resident ratios and managerial competence; wages of nurses health care assistants and others in the sector and equal pay, pay parity and pay equity issues; the role of men and women working in the sector; migrant workers; and other EEO issues.

"We would like to talk to groups of nurses and health care assistants. We will be working with Grey Power to talk with people receiving care and their families, as we travel around," McGregor said.

During the meetings, participants will be asked such questions as:

* What do you like about your job in the aged-are sector?

* How could your job be improved?

* Do you have any thoughts about your pay, your hours of work, your training, your conditions of work or any other issues?

The information will be collected and written up anonymously, so people can talk safely without being identified individually.

Anyone wanting to be involved in the inquiry, either in a lunch, morning or afternoon tea meeting or individually, should email sueo@hrc.co.nz. To make an electronic submission, go to www.neon.org.nz/agedcareinquiry/.
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