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

 


Employment Relations Amendment Bill Disappointing

21 March 2014

Employment Relations Amendment Bill Disappointing

“The health sector will be worse off if the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, which had its second reading this week, passes into law,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.

“It’s very disappointing that such an unfair, poor piece of legislation has made it this far,” he says. “It has the potential to cause significant disruption in the health sector by removing a number of important protections for the clinical workforce, and we had hoped the people pushing it through Parliament would have come to their senses by now.”

Mr Powell says three aspects of the bill, in particular, would affect senior doctors employed by district health boards:
• Removing the obligation to conclude a collective agreement negotiation.
• Allowing employers to opt out of a multi-employer collective agreement negotiation.
• Removing protection for newly-appointed people in their first 30 days on the job.

“New Zealand relies heavily on having a professional, skilled clinical workforce made up of people who are committed to delivering the best possible health care,” says Mr Powell.

“Under the current Employment Relations Act, senior doctors are assured of nationally consistent entitlements across the DHBs in terms of salaries, professional development, annual leave and the right to take part in public discussion of health. These things are particularly important for doctors moving here from overseas, who may not be fully aware of New Zealand’s employment conditions until they are actually living and working here.”

“But this bill, if it becomes law, threatens these rights of senior doctors. It will encourage a more adversarial approach to employment relations in the health sector, which will lead to unwarranted variations in what senior doctors are paid and the conditions they work in.”

Mr Powell says this will inevitably affect senior doctors’ relationships with each other and with the DHBs they work in, which will in turn affect patient services and the smooth running of the health sector, as well as placing additional stress on hospital specialists.

“The current law has provided a good framework for systematically working through difficult issues in the health sector,” concluded Mr Powell.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Two Years With New Methods: Crime Stats Show Increase Led By Burglary

The two years of data show an increase in the total victimisation rate of 3.1 per cent, with 12,060 more victimisations in the 2015/16 year when compared to 2014/15 year. From this increase, 72 per cent is attributable to burglaries. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news