Ratification Outcome

Members have voted to reject the revised MECA offer.

Although the ratification meetings were held over a shorter period this time, the turn-out was high. Thank you to the delegates who assisted at the meetings and supported attendance and to all the members who participated and voted.

What happens now?

This Wednesday 20 June we will give formal notice of the 24 hour strike for the 5th of July to DHB Chief Executives.  And on 27 June we will give formal notice of the further 24 hour strike for the 12th of July to DHB Chief Executives.

As DHBs provide essential services the negotiating teams will be legally required to attend mediation or facilitation before strike action proceeds as a last attempt to resolve the dispute and avert strike action.

We cannot predict the outcome of mediation or facilitation and will continue working with our wonderful team of delegates in preparing for national and local campaign activities.

The time ahead will be stressful and the outcome uncertain. We must be respectful of the different views and opinions at this time and most importantly remain united as we forge ahead implementing our members decision as mandated through the strike ballot.

How you can support our journey ahead?

We are conducting an urgent survey. This is open for 72 hours and closes at 1pm on Thursday 21 June.

The responses of DHB members will collectively assist in clarifying what will support a settlement. This information will assist your NZNO negotiation team to clearly outline to the DHB representatives what will be required to avert strike action and resolve this dispute.

We have emailed a copy of the survey to each DHB member. You can request a replacement copy of the survey by emailing us at

We will also be calling on each and every member to collectively build and shape our ongoing campaign. #Health Needs Nursing will be the campaign hub for all of our actions and activities. You can volunteer on the website and like our Facebook page to get the latest from the campaign.

Let us forge ahead together.

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

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