More than 200 Support Workers protest in Hamilton

More than 200 Support Workers based in the Waikato are unhappy with their pay rate, and they took to the streets to protest this afternoon.

Community Living Trust, one of New Zealand’s best-known disability and community support providers, recently have their Support Workers a 9-cent pay rise offer, which their employees say is simply not enough, and quickly rejected.

The organisation recorded an operating surplus of 70% for the year ended June 2015.

CLC Support Workers say that the offer is “insulting”, and for 2 hours today, took to the streets in protest, taking time off from supporting their clients to do so as well.

The Support Workers are currently on the minimum wage but work full time supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Support Workers say they have had many meetings with CLC in the past, with no positive results.

A mediation process took place this afternoon between CLC Support Workers and their employers in the hopes of a better offer being made.