NZNO/DHB MECA 2018

Ratification Outcome

A big thank you to all our members who participated in the on-line ratification ballot.  We can again report that there was an exceptionally high voter turnout.

The proposed DHB/NZNO Nursing and Midwifery MECA has been accepted by NZNO members with a significant majority of members voting to accept the new MECA.

The new DHB/NZNO Nursing and Midwifery MECA lays down foundations for a much safer and rewarding career for our nursing and midwifery teams.

The specific agreements from all stakeholders – DHBs, the Ministry of Health and Government - to provide safe staffing are also significant and ensure there is accountability.

Further the commitment to fully implement Care Capacity Demand Management programme across all DHBs includes the necessary transparency which will enable NZNO and members to monitor progress on safe staffing now and in the future.

We can now commence the work needed on these safe staffing matters.

Our Pay Equity work will get underway immediately with attention to the process and research requirements prior to negotiations.  This is a significant step for Nursing and Midwifery in Aotearoa.

On behalf on your negotiating team, thank you all for your support, commitment and determination during what has been an unusually protracted and challenging bargaining process.

We will further advise of time frames for signing the MECA and payment of the lump sum and wage increases.

Ngā mihi,
Lesley Harry on behalf of your Negotiation Team.

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