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29 October 2014 - update on the MECA negotiations

Four days are booked for negotiations this year, starting on 24 November. 

To mark the first day of negotiations we’ll be arranging activities at every DHB in support of our negotiating team. Contact your NZNO delegate or organiser for details.

Results of the nationwide MECA meetings for NZNO members

Over the last month meetings were held around the country for NZNO members to vote on the issues you want us to take to the negotiating table and who our NZNO representatives will be on the negotiating team.

A massive 95 percent of members who participated in the meetings endorsed the key issues for bargaining, the recommended ratification process and delegates for the negotiating team. The key issues you want us to take to negotiations are:


Maintain wage relativities with the benchmark occupations and CPI (inflation) as well as increase PDRP/QLP allowances to provide relativity with PSA Nurses. Maintain wage/salary relativities for all NZNO groups e.g. HCAs, ENS, RNs and senior nurses.

Outstanding issues

Address outstanding issues from previous NZNO/DHB MECA negotiations such as telephone on-call payment, safe rostering for working on-call and appropriate access to professional development and support.

Safe staffing and healthy workplaces

You want us to strengthen the requirements for DHBs to implement CCDM with agreed timeframes. 


Improve sick leave, access to discretionary sick leave as well as provisions for staff who suffer an injury as a result of patient assault. 

Fairness at work

The Employment Relations Bill is about to be passed into law and the effect on DHB MECA bargaining is unknown but may be significant. Maintaining your MECA and protecting your entitlements, including your right to have tea breaks will also be key issues for negotiations.

Ratification process

Voting on a proposed MECA shall take place at meetings. Fair and reasonable notice is given about the time, venue and content of the meetings. Time and venues will be selected to enable as many members as possible to attend. The recommended ratification process requires a simple majority of members who attend meetings to determine whether the terms of settlement are rejected or settled.

The delegates joining the NZNO staff at negotiations are:

  • Robyn Hewlett, EN Southern DHB
  • Karen Marshall, CNS Canterbury DHB
  • Grant Brookes, RN Capital & Coast DHB
  • Sharon Powley, RN Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Bronwyn Kavalinovich, RN Waitemata DHB
  • Jill Mortimer, CNC Northland DHB 
  • Stephen Pugh, RN Waikato DHB (reserve)

The delegates will be joining NZNO industrial advisers, Lesley Harry and Chris Wilson, and NZNO organisers Lorraine Lobb and Donna Ryan.

Thank you for your support.

Ngā mihi nui

Lesley Harry

NZNO industrial adviser for the DHB sector


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