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Major pay rises for local support workers come into effect from today (1 July) and will make a real difference, says Otaki MP Nathan Guy.

“Hundreds of local support workers in Kapiti and Horowhenua will now be better off thanks to the Government’s $2 billion wage package,” says Mr Guy.

“For a fulltime worker, this means they’re now taking home around an extra $100 a week, which is over $5000 a year.

“The aged care and disability sector is a very important local industry for our region because we have one of the highest numbers of senior citizens in the country.

“This is great news for the workers, their families and patients. It’s well deserved for people who work extremely hard in our community.” 

The package will deliver pay increases of between 15 and 50 per cent to 55,000 workers in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services.

“New Zealand has an aging population so it is important workers in this sector are paid well and supported.”

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