Join the equal pay campaign for mental health support workers.
My name is Pollyanna Alo. I am a mental health support worker.
On Monday 19 June, I helped file an equal pay case for my colleagues and I.
We ensure Kiwis gets the mental health care they need when they need it.
The Government refused to include 3,000 – 4,000 mental health support workers in the historic health and support worker equal pay deal.
Our job is mainly performed mainly by women. It’s not easy work and it needs to be valued too.
From 1 July, we’ll earn $7 an hour less than physical support workers doing similar work.
We’re already feeling the impact. Many workers have left jobs they love because they are struggling on the minimum wage. There are gaps in rosters due to a shortage of staff. Other staff members have to work longer hours to cover the gaps which has an impact on our families.