Govt formalises pay equity settlement for mental health workers
The government yesterday formalised a pay equity settlement with around 5000 mental health and addiction support workers.
Health Minister David Clark says more than half of them will get at least a $3 per hour increase.
Clark says the workers have been undervalued, and the settlement is about paying them what they're worth.
The $173 million deal will be spread out over the next five years.
The new pay scale reflects workers' qualifications and experience and will be back-dated to 1 July 2017.