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

 


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>


Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland