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DHBs request more time

Kia ora

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.

Nāku noa
Lesley Harry
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.

Graham Dyer
Chair, DHB employment relations strategy group

10 years of our MECA! Quiz

1.   When was the first national DHB MECA negotiated? 
      a)    1904        b) 2004         c) 2010


2.   How many people signed the 2004 petition calling for fair pay for nurses?  
      a)    26,000         b) 101,000        c) 125,000


3.   How many months did it take to negotiate the very first national DHB MECA? 
      a)    5 months        b) 7 months        c) 12 months 


4.   On average, how much was the pay increase that NZNO members received in that MECA? 
      a)    10%        b) 15%            c) 20% 


5.   Why was the 2004 Fair Pay campaign successful? 
      a)    A great bargaining team
      b)    A government worried that NZNO members would take strike action
      c)    A unified membership who were committed to getting the outcome they deserved


6.   What was the average salary for a new grad nurse before the 2004 MECA? 
      a)    $30,000        b) $35,000        c) $37,000


7.   What is a level 1 nurse paid now?
    a)    $43,456         b) $45,324        c) $47,528


8.    How many NZNO members are covered by our current MECA? 
      a)    10,000         b) 20,000        c) 26,000


9.   Name three things we’re negotiating in the 2015 DHB MECA


10.   What can you do to get a good deal in 2015? 
       a)    Attend meetings and get your colleagues to attend as well
       b)    Talk with your colleagues about the importance of our MECA, especially those who have been working in the DHB for less than 10 years
       c)    Be prepared to participate in collective action; it could be anything from signing a petition, going on a march or talking to politicians about your work

Click here to download answers (pdf)