Kristine Bartlett

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Kristine Bartlett, CNZM

Aged care worker Kristine Bartlett improved pay for thousands of women, when she and her union took her employer to court in 2012. After 19 years in her role, Bartlett was still earning less than $15 an hour and her union argued that wages were low in the aged-care sector because most of the workers were women. 

The case went through multiple appeals, but finally resulted in a $2 billion settlement that boosted the wages of about 55,000 rest-home workers by between 15 and 50 percent. 

In 2018, Bartlett was named New Zealander of the Year.

Listen to an excerpt of a radio interview with Kristine Bartlett in which she explains that being the figurehead of the campaign did take its toll on her.

Listen to Bartlett's full interview

Image: Kristine Bartlett. Photo: Mei Heron, courtesy of RNZ.

Catalogue Reference A268314

Year 2017

Credits

Interviewer: Susie Ferguson, Morning Report, RNZ National

Excerpt: 0:02:35

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