DHBs request more time
Yesterday our bargaining team met with the DHBs in anticipation of a final offer.
The DHBs were not able to bring us their final offer but assure us we will get it on 16 April.
We had been planning to start our meetings, bringing you the offer, on 23 April, but we will have to push them all back a bit to fit this new timeframe. We appreciate any inconvenience this may cause, however your negotiation team believed this was in all our interests.
Meetings will be rescheduled to run from 4 - 21 May. A member bulletin outlining the DHBs’ offer will be circulated as soon as possible before meetings commence.
We’re also including in this update a letter from the DHBs to you, our NZNO members (see below).
Thank you for your support during the negotiations and from all of us on the negotiating team – best wishes for a peaceful Easter break.
Industrial adviser for the DHB sector
Message for NZNO members from the DHBs
The DHBs acknowledge our nursing and midwifery teams are essential to quality patient care, and are taking time to consider the position at the current stage of bargaining.
We appreciate NZNO and its member’s professionalism, patience and goodwill through the current bargaining process, and the need for all parties to bring this to a successful conclusion.
As discussed in bargaining, DHBs are in a range of financial positions which makes consensus decision making on negotiations challenging, while recognising that this needs to be balanced against reasonable expectations for pay movements.
While the bargaining process has taken longer than anticipated, you can be assured that DHBs remain committed to settling the national MECA.
Chair, DHB employment relations strategy group