25 Nov 2014

Rest homes to appeal wages ruling

11:19 am on 25 November 2014

Rest homes are appealing to the Supreme Court over a recent landmark court ruling concerning pay rates in the sector.

The Court of Appeal last month ruled in favour of a pay discrimination claim brought by a female rest-home worker, paving the way for the employment court to consider whether current pay rates are unlawful.

Last year, Lower Hutt caregiver Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers Union successfully argued in the Employment Court that her $14.32 hourly pay rate was a result of gender discrimination under the Equal Pay Act.

And the Court of Appeal ruling cleared the way for aged care workers to pursue a claim designed at giving them pay parity with workers in other sectors.

The Aged Care Association said the case has such vast implications it has had to take an appeal to the Supreme Court.

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