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Christchurch MPs To "Walk In The Shoes" Of Disability Support Workers

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Christchurch MPs To "Walk In The Shoes" Of Disability Support Workers

Seven MPs will be getting a snapshot of the work done by disability support workers in Christchurch on Monday 5 October, when they work alongside disability workers.

The opportunity to "walk in my shoes" has been organised by the Service and Food Workers Union and the Public Service Association are working together to raise awareness of the work done by disability support workers, and are running a campaign called "Up Where We Belong", to improve the pay and working conditions for these workers who 110,000 disabled New Zealanders rely on every day for their quality of life.

SFWU Organiser Chas Muir said "Disability support workers are multi-skilled providing medical support, meals, personal care and domestic help to people with disabilities - some of whom need round-the-clock support, seven days a week. For this complex and demanding work they are paid as little as $14.20 an hour, only marginally above the adult minimum wage of $12.50 an hour. This is due primarily to a lack of funding from the government and the complicated and confusing way that the disability sector is funded." The low pay and difficult working conditions make it difficult to recruit and retain disability support workers and there's a shortage of staff in the disability sector.

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