Safe staffing

Aged care members across Aotearoa New Zealand want to see the Government implement minimum mandatory staffing levels in aged care hospitals and rest homes.

#safestaffingnow is a joint campaign by E tū, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), and Grey Power.

Currently staffing levels are based on voluntary guidelines only, which were drawn up in 2005.

Not only are these recommendations now completely out of date, but there are no requirements for rest homes to have mandatory numbers of staff on any shift.

In 2020, E tū, NZNO, and Grey Power launched an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, calling for the guidelines to be updated and made mandatory.

We continue to lobby the Government and will present the open letter to Parliament in October 2021.

E tū and NZNO members with supporters at the launch of #safestaffingnow outside Woburn Rest Home in Wellington in 2020.

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Stop work meetings – aged care sector

NOTE: Due to the Alert Level 4 lockdown extension, all further meetings are cancelled from Wednesday 18 August. An online event is planned and we’ll provide more details about this shortly.

In August and September, we are holding joint meetings throughout the country.

These are for union members working in aged care, Grey Power, and MPs, to discuss the pressing issues due to unsafe staffing numbers.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday 6
Ascot Hotel, Tay Street &, Racecourse Road, Invercargill2pm-4pm
Wednesday 11 AugustZingari Rugby Club, 40 Eglinton Road, The Glen, Dunedin1.30pm-3.30pm
17 August
Beach Street Hall, Beach Street, Fitzroy, New Plymouth1pm-3pm
Wednesday 18 AugustHall Lounge, Albion Street, Hawera1pm-3pm
Wednesday 18
NZNO/PSA Training Room, Munro Building, Corner Bridge Street and Harley Street, Nelson (use Southern entrance, close to Police station)1.30pm-3.30pm
Thursday 19
Centennial Rest Rooms, Fenton Street, Stratford1pm-3pm
Tuesday 24 AugustPorirua RSA, 5-7 McKillop Street, Porirua, Wellington1.30pm-3.30pm
Wednesday 25
Globe Theatre, 312 Main Street, Palmerston North1pm-3pm
Thursday 26
Knox Presbyterian Church, 574 High Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington1.30pm-3.30pm
Wednesday 1 SeptemberNZNO Training Room, 141 Cameron Road, Tauranga1.30pm-3.30pm
Thursday 2 SeptemberTe Rapa Racecourse, Te Rapa Road, Hamilton2pm-4pm
Friday 3 September Onehunga Community House, 83 Selwyn Street, Onehunga, Auckland1pm-3pm
Tuesday 14 SeptemberTBC, Whangarei1pm-3pm
We’ll keep updating this page as meeting details are finalised.