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10 December - update on the MECA negotiations

We have completed the first four days of negotiations for our collective agreement with the DHBs.
We couldn’t have done it without your wonderful photos and messages of support. Thank you!  

We discussed 

  • professional development and associated leave
  • PDRP 
  • safe staffing and
  • we made sure NZNO and the DHBs had access to all the data and information we need to clarify the issues and work towards solutions.

At the moment there are too many variations to PDRP and QLP processes, content and access around the country.  We’re considering the idea of setting up DHB/NZNO forums for both RN and senior nurse PDRP issues.

The RN PDRP framework is fine; we just need to nail down the way it’s operating around the country. 

Senior nurses need a nationally consistent, Nursing Council approved, professional development programme, and there’s still work to do on that.

Safe staffing
Another key issue is the need to implement Care Capacity Demand Management (CCDM) in every DHB. We are not happy with progress on this, or by the reluctance of some DHBs to even invest in a validated acuity system.

An independent evaluation report on CCDM is due to be released soon, in time for continuing negotiations in the New Year – we’re looking forward to seeing it.

What happens now?
We go back into bargaining on the 27 and 28 January 2015 and we have dates booked in February and March too, in case we need longer to reach a settlement. 

In January we will out lay out all the issues you asked us to raise, and we expect the DHBs may need some time after that to look at their budgets. We anticipate they will come back to us with a comprehensive response at the first February meeting. 

We’ll keep you updated on progress but in the meantime, on behalf of the NZNO negotiation team, we wish you all a safe and joyful festive season. Ngā manaakitanga ki runga i a koutou i ēnei rangi o raumati.

Ngā mihi nui

Lesley Harry
NZNO industrial adviser for the DHB sector