Pay rise should be universal
The news recently that workers in 3 female dominated areas (professions?) ie aged residential care, home support, disability services is to be heralded
It will cost $500 million a year and no doubt will be borne by the rest of us. Such a sweeping pay rise is not linked to productivity and so could set a precedent for other state workers to make a substantial collective claim. A pay rise of ,say, $10,000 a year multiplied by 20,000 secondary Teachers would still be less than half the overall cost to the tax-payer announced this week.
Indispensable that aged care givers and disability workers are, you nevertheless don’t usually see headlines to the effect ” residential care workers leaving Auckland” or “bosses look overseas for suitable disability workers”
Teaching and nursing are female dominated professions but their unions have been conspicuous by their silence. The NZEI are the only ones that have spoken out-and then only for Teacher Aides.
I am the first to applaud these workers for their victory but it still smells of misandry ie “victory for women” in the media.
There are equally deserving state professions/jobs-police, firemen, ambulance drivers, bus drivers, trades,………. All predominantly male. Where is the pay-rise for these workers?
Maybe it is time for men to lodge a complaint with the Human Rights office of discrimination based on gender.