DHB MECA negotiations continue.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Health boards (Negotiation, mediation and arbitration)
Employers' associations (Negotiation, mediation and arbitration)
Labor unions (Negotiation, mediation and arbitration)
Labor unions (New Zealand)
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: August, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 7
Topic: Canadian Subject Form: Labour unions; Labour unions
Product: Product Code: 8630000 Labor Unions NAICS Code: 81393 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations SIC Code: 8631 Labor organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 266344858
Full Text: District health board (DHB) employer representatives have tabled an initial offer to the ten unions involved in negotiations for a multi-employer collective agreement (MECA). Eight days of negotiations had taken place when Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand went to press, with another two scheduled for early this month.

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Under the alternative approach to health sector bargaining, the ten unions will agree on funding for bargaining and some common issues, and then each union will conduct separate negotations on MECA-specific issues. The major unions involved are NZNO, the Public Service Association, the Midwifery Employer Representation and Advisory Service, the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union, the Service and Food Workers' Union and the National Distribution Union.

At the last set of negotiations, the employer representatives tabled an initial offer, which consisted of a number of parts, lead advocate for the multi-union negotiations, NZNO associate industrial services manager Glenda Alexander, said.

"The proposal included the cost of the settlement and ongoing costs associated with it. The employer representatives said these costs were the limit of their bargaining parameters. As the proposal currently stands, it would not meet members' expectations and would not be ratified," she said.

Early this month, the union representatives, both as individual unions and as a combined team, worked on an alternative union proposal, which was to be put to the employer representatives on August 10.

Member meetings to report back on the negotiations may be held later this month.
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