Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

NZ’s largest MECA settled

7 December 2006

NZ’s largest MECA settled

After nearly 12 months and 27 days of negotiations, a proposed settlement for primary healthcare (PHC) nurses and administrative staff has been reached, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation announced this morning.

NZNO and the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) are recommending the settlement which, if accepted, will be New Zealand’s largest multi-employer collective (MECA), covering around 2500 members in 580 workplaces.

“This MECA is a momentous achievement for NZNO members,” said NZNO advocate Chris Wilson. “As a result of their campaigning, our primary health members have won a very significant pay increase moving towards pay parity with nurses in public hospitals.”

Chris Wilson said by July next year the pay rate for a practice nurse with five years experience in the proposed MECA would be 19 percent higher than the rate in their current national agreement.

The proposed MECA also significantly improves conditions, and includes five weeks’ annual leave after six years’ service.

“This MECA settlement sends a positive signal to the wider union movement, and particularly the private sector, showing private sector employers can collectively bargain across industries to achieve fair rates of pay and decent conditions,” she said.

If accepted by NZNO members, the Primary Healthcare MECA will cover 2500 practice nurses, registered nurses, midwives, administrative staff and medical receptionists in general practices and accident and medical centres.

NZNO will await the result of the NZMA ratification, which will determine the employer parties to the settlement. NZNO will then hold their postal ballot ratification in the New Year.

NZNO’s members working for Maori and Iwi providers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a separate MECA. Negotiations for this MECA are expected to begin in February. This will cover more than 500 members in around 100 Maori and Iwi health providers.

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election