Speculation is rife that the Government is preparing to legislate over the issues at the heart of the ongoing TerraNova v Bartlett pay equity case, feeding fears that the case will not result in fair pay for aged care workers as many are hoping.
The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Court’s earlier decision on the landmark pay equity case brought by caregiver Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers’ Union (SFWU) against TerraNova Homes and Care.
A new player has emerged in New Zealand’s retirement village and aged care sectors. Nineteen privately owned retirement villages and aged care facilities are considering a proposal to amalgamate ownership under a corporate entity, Hercules Ltd.
The equal pay case between TerraNova Homes & Care Ltd and employee Kristine Bartlett on behalf of the Service and Food Workers’ Union (SFWU) was heard before the Court of Appeal at the beginning of February, after TerraNova appealed the Employment Court’s decision last year. At the time of going to print, the judges had reserved decision on the case.