Work stoppages will not affect care- Radius boss

Two work stoppages planned at 11 Radius residential care homes will not affect old folks' care, says Raidus’ ceo Brian Cree.

There is enough non-union staff to ensure care will not be disrupted during nurses union and service and food workers union stoppages due on Friday and next Thursday, Mr Cree says.

The action is a result of failed mediation and pay talks.

In a statement, Radius says it has been allocated 1.73% in fee increases from the government, from which it has to fund any wage increase. A larger pay increase would have to be funded by reducing other costs.

“I have considerable sympathy for the workers and want to see them get a higher hourly rate but their argument is with the government and DHB process. I believe the government has historically under-funded the residential care industry by as much as 40%,” Mr Cree says.

The homes involved are:

Fulton Home (Dunedin), St Winifreds & St Helenas (Christchurch), Maeroa Lodge (Hamilton), St Joans, Arran Court, Taupaki Gables (Auckland),
Potter Home, Lester Heights, Rimu Park (Whangarei) and Baycare (Pahia).

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