Negotiations for hospice MECA start.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Negotiation, mediation and arbitration)
Nurses (Compensation and benefits)
Medical societies (Negotiation, mediation and arbitration)
Collective bargaining
Pub Date: 03/01/2012
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: March, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 280 Personnel administration
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses; 9918330 Collective Bargaining; 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners; 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 284753730
Full Text: Negotiations for the renewal of the hospice multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) got underway earlier this month, with pay parity with the NZNO/district health board MECA, a central claim.

Claims for pay parity and standardising pay rates at all hospices involved in the negotiations, including the principles of safe staffing and healthy workplaces in the agreement, were endorsed at member meetings late last month. Also endorsed were employment equity issues, eg improving the on-call and higher duties allowances to reflect the better DHB rates and introducing the DHB model of shift leave to recognise the demands of shift work. NZNO also wants to reduce the number of variations in the collective agreement.

The first set of negotiations was held in Wellington on March 12 and 13, with NZNO taking an issues-based approach.

NZNO's advocates are Dunedin-based organiser Mike Yeats and Hawke's Bay organiser Stephanie Thomas, with delegates Nicki Twigge, Arohanui Hospice in Palmerston North, Dianne Reid, Cranford Hospice in Hastings and Gail Deaker from the Nelson Hospice, completing the negotiating team. Up to 16 hospices around the country are involved in the negotiations with NZNO. More than 300 NZNO members are covered by the current MECA, which expires on March 31.
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