Social work contractors want same pay as Oranga Tamariki staff
Social workers who work for non-government agencies want to get the same pay as their state sector counterparts. Next month, Oranga Tamariki's social workers will receive a 30 percent pay rise, as part of their historic 114 million dollar pay equity settlement announced in September. Those who work in the community say if the government doesn't give them extra money to match those rates, there will be an exodus of experienced social workers. Catherine Hutton reports.