Second PHC MECA endorsed overwhelmingly.
Subject: Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Nurses (Compensation and benefits)
Collective bargaining (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 280 Personnel administration
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses; 9918330 Collective Bargaining NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners SIC Code: 8049 Offices of health practitioners, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 194904207
Full Text: The second national primary health care (PHC) multi-employer collective agreement (MECA), which delivers pay increases of between 8.7 and 9.7 percent over a 26-month term, has been overwhelmingly ratified by members.

The vote was held by postal ballot and NZNO advocate Chris Wilson said the voter returns were the highest since negotiations for MECAs began. The postal ballot closed on December 15 last year and 99 percent were in favour of the deal Wilson said this endorsement, combined with an increase in the number of employer parties to the MECA, was a fantastic result.

The MECA covers around 2400 NZNO members in 594 workplaces, an increase of 40 employer parties compared to the first national PHC MECA. Reaching a proposed settlement took just two sets of negotiations. The MECA was formally signed off before Christmas and a copy of the full document in available on NZNO's website (www.nzno.org. nz).

All terms and conditions are back-dated to July 1, 2008. Pay increases will be delivered in two instalments: the first backdated to July 1, 2008; the second on August 1, this year. Registered and practice nurses and midwives on the top step of the salary scale (step 5) will get an hourly rate of $27.43 by August 1, 2009. With merit step payments, these rates exceed the goal of $28/hr as the top rate in the MECA, Wilson said. Step one of the RN/practice nurse/midwife scale will reach $20.53/hr by August 1, 2009.

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Enrolled nurses and nurse assistants on the top step (step 3) of their pay scale will receive $20.65/hr from August 1, 2009. The first step has an hourly rate of $18.25 from August 1, 2009. Medical receptionists and administrative staff have a five-step pay scale. From August 1, 2009, the starting step will be $15.75/hr, rising to $18.95/hr on step five.

Subsequent parties

Three employer parties have subsequently joined the MECA, with members at two of the workplaces gaining full backpay to July 1, 2008.

NZNO is taking legal action against 19 employers who were not represented at the negotiations, despite their eligible staff voting to be part of the MECA.
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