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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has welcomed a $2 billion package that will deliver a pay rise to local employees working in the lowest paid sector of the healthcare industry.

“With my background in mental health, I know how hard those who deliver frontline healthcare services work and how committed they are to the wellbeing of our communities. Visiting our resthomes in the electorate every year is part of my commitment to being relevant to the issues on the ground and I welcome this announcement and the importance it will have for many families in the Waimak that will see an increase in family income,” Doocey said.

“We put our most vulnerable into their care and that’s a huge responsibility,” Doocey said. “This historic settlement recognises the importance of the work they undertake on a daily basis.”

The settlement will deliver an extra 15 to 50 percent pay increase for about 55,000 employees working in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services.

Doocey said those working in the sector were predominantly women and the landmark settlement would go a long way in empowering and acknowledging the value of their contribution.

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