NZNO members now vote whether or not to strike
The majority of NZNO DHB members, who are party to the DHB Nurses and Midwifery MECA, receive their strike ballot paper by post and email from Monday 23 April to vote on proposed strike action. The action will occur if the MECA impasse is not resolved through the Independent Panel Process.
Industrial Services Manager Cee Payne says the NZNO National Delegates Committee this week recommended NZNO proceed with a secret strike ballot of all members covered by the DHB Nurses and Midwifery MECA for strike action.
“We announced this decision to members this morning with the information that the possible strike action will consist of two strikes for 24 hours each commencing at 7.00am. The committee have proposed a week in between the two strikes,” Cee Payne said.
“Members can vote online or by post. The ballot is open for 30 days in accordance with the NZNO constitution and closes no later than 5pm on Friday 25 May 2018. The postal ballot will need to be returned by Tuesday 22 May 2018.
“The commitment to secure safe patient care and a salary structure that incentivises nurses and midwives to remain in the profession has led the committee to this important decision. Strike action is a last resort if a settlement acceptable to our members cannot be achieved” said Cee Payne.
NZNO must give 14 days’ notice to the DHBs should a vote to strike be the majority decision from all those that submit their ballot. This means the dates of a possible strike are early July.
NZNO chief executive explains that as soon as notice of strike action is given to the DHBs they must develop a contingency plan and take all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure continued provision of essential or life preserving service if strike action occurs.
“The statutory Code of Good Faith for the public health sector requires employers to provide for patients safety by ensuring that life preserving services are available to prevent a serious threat to life or permanent disability during any strike action,” Memo Musa said.