Pay equity ratification

Published on
24 Oct 2018

A pay equity deal that will deliver significant pay increases to Oranga Tamariki social workers has now been ratified.

The pay equity deal applies to more than 1300 statutory social workers employed by Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children.

A Cabinet decision to provide funding of $114.6m over five years for the settlement was announced in September by Minister for Children, Tracey Martin.

The pay equity settlement will see an average lift in Oranga Tamariki social worker salaries of 30.6% over a two year period.

In recent weeks the deal was jointly presented to social workers around New Zealand by Oranga Tamariki and the PSA.

The pay equity deal was then voted on by PSA members, and was unanimously accepted.

Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive Gráinne Moss says she is pleased with the outcome.

“This is a significant pay equity agreement, which recognises the value of a large group of social workers who perform incredibly important work,” she says.

“It also acknowledges that the role of a social worker in Oranga Tamariki has been subject to historic gender-based undervaluation.”

Work will continue with the NGO sector to work on challenges and opportunities resulting from the pay equity settlement.