Health work­ers un­der­val­ued

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

It’s amaz­ing. Some time ago, health­care work­ers ap­plied to the Gov­ern­ment for fi­nan­cial relief, but were told that the bucket was empty.

Move ahead to last week, when the Gov­ern­ment did a magic trick and pulled more than $300 mil­lion from the same bucket for the teach­ers.

And guess what – the teach­ers didn’t even have to ask for it! The clear mes­sage is that this gov­ern­ment will not recog­nise the ster­ling work done by health work­ers. It does not care about the sun­set years in­dus­try.

It is just another ex­am­ple of John Key’s low-wage (for most) econ­omy.

The school is in­te­grated, which means it re­ceives mil­lions of dol­lars of grants from the Gov­ern­ment. The amount it asks for in do­na­tions is way in ex­cess of what most state in­te­grated schools re­quest.

Ms Souther­wood could choose not to pay the do­na­tions.

In ad­di­tion, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has found that HIBS over­charged its com­pul­sory at­ten­dance dues for many years and has told the school that par­ents are en­ti­tled to a re­fund.

I would es­ti­mate that Ms Souther­wood has paid in ex­cess of $1000 to HIBS in il­le­gally charged at­ten­dance dues.

She could deduct this from the cur­rent year’s dues. Com­bined, th­ese sav­ings would likely be enough for the Souther­wood fam­ily’s sought-af­ter Gold Coast hol­i­day.

While she and her fam­ily are on the Gold Coast, they could re­flect on the fact that many other fam­i­lies who can­not af­ford to send their chil­dren to state in­te­grated schools still con­trib­ute through their taxes to­ward the priv­i­leged few who do at­tend HIBS.

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