News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Massive MECA Negotiations

19 December 2005

Massive MECA Negotiations To Pave the Way For Pay Parity For Primary Health Nursing Workforce

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation begins negotiations tomorrow with hundreds of primary health employers in what could be the largest MECA (multi-employer collective agreement) in the country.

The negotiations cover 2,700 nursing, administration and support staff employed by 657 employers, most of whom are GPs but also including Maori and Iwi providers, accident and medical centres and youth and Pacific health centres.

NZNO members are seeking pay parity with their counterparts in public hospitals.

“Although primary heath nurses are playing a much greater role and taking increasing responsibility, their pay lags behind,” she said.

“The success of Government’s primary health care strategy depends on this workforce and additional government funding for pay parity is vital to the success of these negotiations.”

By July 2006 a practice nurse in a GP surgery will earn around $160 less a week than a registered nurse in a public hospital.

Chris Wilson said NZNO members in primary health overwhelmingly backed the huge MECA as the way to ensure pay parity.

But, with negotiations set for tomorrow, 119 of the primary health employers had failed to comply with their statutory bargaining responsibilities and failed to nominate representatives to attend the negotiations.

Chris Wilson said NZNO had been forced to start legal proceedings to bring these employers to the negotiating table.

“These employers are not acting in good faith, by attempting to ignore their employee’s democratic right to be part of a national MECA agreement,” said Chris Wilson.

“It is in everyone’s interests, including employers, that the national primary health MECA succeeds in delivering pay parity to ensure we retain a skilled, dedicated primary health nursing workforce to deliver on the government’s primary healthcare strategy,” she said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi.
More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

CDF Tim Keating: NZ Somme Centenary

"Our generals also knew what to expect, and they built that knowledge into their planning. Each of the four set-piece attacks was fought with a single brigade, with the expectation that the brigade would be used up. A fresh brigade would then be brought up to conduct the next set-piece..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news