Does your two litre tub of ice cream really contain all it claims it does?

We've got the scoop on ice cream, and it's "udderly" amazing. Source: Fair Go

'It's so overwhelming' – mental health care staff latest to file equal pay claim

Mental health workers are the latest group to file a claim calling for equal pay. 

Two unions today lodged a case with the Employment Relations Tribunal, saying women who work in the mental health sector are now being paid less than their counterparts in similar jobs. 

From July 1, support workers in aged and disability care will receive a big pay rise as a result of a historic pay settlement, but mental health workers were excluded from the agreement. 

Mental health is a difficult area to staff, and workers say the pay variance will make that even harder.  

The government will introduce equal pay legislation later this year that will contain guidelines for employers, but that won't help workers like mental health carers, so the government needs new legislation if it is to avoid court. 

The $2 billion equal pay settlement was reached after carer Kristine Bartlett took her five-year battle all the way to the Supreme Court, and unions say until the issue is resolved, there are more claims like these to come. 

Two unions say women who work in the sector are being paid far less than counterparts in similar jobs. Source: 1 NEWS


Wellington couple's stored items worth $23k lost by moving company, then found in Auckland

Wellington couple Ian Wright and Sandie Dunsford used Crown Removals to move their house to Queenstown 18 months ago.

They asked Crown to also store some other items in Crown's storage units.

In January this year, the couple returned to Wellington and asked Crown for their stored items but – the items had disappeared.

For the next six months, Crown said they'd looked and looked - checked hundreds of household units, and couldn't find the items – declaring them missing.

A misunderstanding over their insurance meant they'd not organised any cover for the items in storage – about $23,000 worth.

Fair Go contacted Crown to try and get an explanation for the disappearance and, within a few days, got the news that the goods had finally been found - not in Wellington, not in Dunedin or Queenstown, but in Auckland.

They'd been sent there by mistake and Crown says although its systems are robust, sometimes there is human error.

They say they're working hard to ensure this does not happen again, and have refunded the couple’s storage costs.

Crown played hide and seek with Ian and Sandie's possessions for over six months. Source: Fair Go