Telenurses vote for new deal.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Compensation and benefits)
Author: Thomas, Laura
Pub Date: 10/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 540 Executive changes & profiles; 280 Personnel administration
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 241179379
Full Text: NZNO members working for Medibank Health Solutions New Zealand, formerly McKessons, will receive an average 2.5 percent pay increase, following ratification of a proposed deal last month. Eighty percent of those who voted were in favour of the deal.

It is a two-year agreement providing for a performance-based increase backdated to July 5, 2010, and an increase in the second year based on a number of factors, including the consumer price index. (See sector reports, Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, September 2010.)

The agreement also has a few allowance increases. From October 1 this year, on-call is to be paid at the same hourly rate as paid in district health boards. The agreement also introduces a one-off bonus payment (equivalent to one month's pay) to employees who take more than three months' parental leave and then return for a minimum of six months and meet their performance targets.

NZNO has 88 members at Medibank, most of whom work from home. Work from home is subject to an additional agreement between the employer and employee.

The agreement retains the original coverage clause as applied when the employer was McKessons.

Report by organiser Laura Thomas
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