After working undercover in the elderly care industry, Human Rights Commission equal employment opportunities commissioner Dr Judy McGregor released a report on the industry that slams the sector as a type of modern-day slavery, David Kemeys wrote in in the News web site Stuff .
“It offends against human decency. The reliance on the emotional umbilical cord between women working as carers and the older people they care for at $13-$14 an hour is a form of modern-day slavery. It exploits the goodwill of women, it is a knowing exploitation. We can claim neither ignorance nor amnesia,” Dr McGregor wrote in her report “Caring Counts”.
Her report, ‘Caring Counts‘ is worth a read and archive because the issue is is steadily becoming one for us to deal with as we age. It is a comprehensive report (long), so go to :- The Stuff coverage of the report if you just want to get to the bones of the issue. The headline, Undercover boss slams workers conditions is a bit too tabloid for my liking, but from what I’ve learnt of the issue, not far wrong.
Radio New Zealand chipped in to the debate . Broadcaster Kathryn Ryan chaired the on air discussion during her morning programme on May 28. She involved three representatives from the aged care industry – the ‘For profit’ and ‘Not for profit’ sectors, a representative of the care workers was also invited to the discussion . A Government Consultant gets the last word. The audio from Radio New Zealand is available from Pay Parity for Aged Care Workers .
Definitely some home work for you. I’d like to hear what you think.