Latest good news for DHB workers: Allied Health settlement
A new settlement has been ratified that will see pay gains for around 9000 allied, public health and technical workers represented by the Public Service Association (PSA) in the DHB sector.
"The overwhelming support received across the country for the new Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECA) has been heartening," said Kerry Davies, PSA national secretary.
"This has been a huge ratification process given the settlement covers members working in more than 100 occupational groups across all 20 DHBs - all of whom deliver vital public services day in and day out to keep the health system running.
The settlement includes minimum pay rises of 9% to 16% by August 2020 for a majority of PSA members, with some lower paid members receiving increases of up to 20% by 2019.
"Reaching this point of ensuring these workers receive fair pay is a testament to a preceding year of solid bargaining and the additional funding agreed by Government in September," said Kerry Davies.
"Now that a settlement was also reached this year in the DHB sector for more than 3000 PSA members who work as mental health and public health nurses, our next big point of focus is shifting to the pay equity claim raised for underpaid DHB administrative and clerical workers."
The range of occupations includes:
A&OD CliniciansActivities OfficerAnaesthetic Technician TraineesAnaesthetic TechniciansAudiologistsAudiology TechniciansAudiometristsBiomedical Technician AssistantsBiomedical TechniciansBMETBone Density Scanners Care Co-ordinatorsCare ManagersCFMH Support WorkersCharge ECG TechniciansChild Birth EducatorsClinical Physiologists (formerly known as cardiac/ pulmonary/ respiratory/ sleep technologists/ scientistsClinical Physiology Technicians (formerly known as cardiac/ respiratory technicians)Community Health Workers (Māori Designated)Consumer AdvisorsCounsellorsCreative TherapistsCultural AdvisorsDental AssistantsDental TechniciansDental TherapistsDietitian AssistantsDietitiansDiversional TherapistsDrinking Water AssessorsDual Diagnosis Therapist/ClinicianEarly Intervention TeachersECG TechniciansElectrical TechniciansElectronic TechniciansEmbryologistsFamily AdvisorsFamily TherapistsFood Act OfficersFood SupervisorsHealth AssistantsHealth AuxiliariesHealth InformaticsHealth PromotionHealth ProtectionHome Support CoordinatorsHospital Dental AssistantsHydrotherapy AssistantsICU/PICU TechsInstructorsLactation ConsultantsMāori Health WorkersMatuaMedical Illustrators and PhotographersMedical Laboratory ScientistsMedical Laboratory Technician TraineeMedical Laboratory TechniciansMental Health ProfessionalsMobility TechniciansMortuary TechniciansNeeds Assessors/ Service Co-ordinatorsNeurophysiology TechniciansOccupational TherapistsOccupational Therapy AssistantsOccupational Therapy InstructorsOphthalmic TechniciansOptometristsOrthoptistsOrthotic Technicians ProductionsOrthotistsPaediatric TherapistsPharmacists (including interns)Pharmacy AssistantsPharmacy Technicians and TraineesPhlebotomistsPhysiology Technicians and TraineesPhysiotherapistsPhysiotherapy AssistantsPlay SpecialistsPodiatristsProfessional AdvisorsPsychologistsPsychotherapistsPublic Health AssistantsRecreation & Welfare OfficersRehab Support WorkersRehab Therapists & AssistantsRenal Dialysis Technicians (aka Clinical Physiologists (Dialysis))Sampling OfficersScientific OfficerScientistsSmokefree OfficersSocial Work AssistantsSocial WorkersSonographers and Echo SonographersSpecialist Assessors - wheelchair and seatingSpecimen Services TechniciansSpeech Language TherapistsSterile Supply Technicians/ Assistants/ Coordinators/ Shift LeadersTechnical OfficersTherapy AssistantsVision & Hearing Technicians/ Testers /Technical Officers (incl. Newborn Hearing Screeners)Visiting Neurodevelopment TherapistsWheelchair technicians