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Midwives’ Union Supports Nurses Strike

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 3:57 pm | MERAS

Most DHB-employed midwives are not able to strike tomorrow because their union is still waiting on a revised offer from the DHBs. However, MERAS Co-leader (Industrial) Jill Ovens, says the union supports the nurses’ industrial action tomorrow [9 June] ... More >>

Midwives’ Union Challenging DHBs Excluding GPs As “Comparator” In Pay Equity Claim

Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 12:07 pm | MERAS

MERAS has this week filed in the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) over the DHBs’ decision to unilaterally exclude general practitioners as a potential comparator in the process to resolve the union’s pay equity claim. MERAS Co-leader (Industrial) ... More >>

Midwives Union MERAS On Midwifery Crisis

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 6:57 am | MERAS

The significant shortage in the number of midwives in Capital and Coast DHB is having a severe impact on the midwives employed there. MERAS , the midwives’ union, says there may have been as many as 17 resignations in the last three months from CCDHB ... More >>

Midwives’ Union Calls For Labour To Fully Fund Midwifery Students

Thursday, 27 August 2020, 2:37 pm | MERAS

DHBs are looking to the United Kingdom to recruit midwives in the face of a severe shortage of midwives which is exacerbated by falling numbers of students studying midwifery. Jill Ovens, co-leader of MERAS, the midwifery union, says we have been ... More >>

The Maternity System is Not Broken – It Needs to be Valued

Sunday, 28 July 2019, 2:23 pm | MERAS

Ensuring midwives’ voices are heard is key in addressing staffing issues in DHB, says the Midwives’ Union, MERAS (Midwifery Representation and Advisory Service). More >>

Midwives Vote YES to DHBs MECA Settlement

Sunday, 14 April 2019, 5:28 pm | MERAS

The vote which closed on Friday 12th April, will see a majority of members gaining increases of up to 17.5% from where they are now ($66,755 a year) to where they will be in August next year ($78,353 a year). More >>

Midwives to Vote on Proposed Settlement

Friday, 5 April 2019, 5:14 pm | MERAS

Around 1250 midwives employed by DHBs who are members of the midwives’ union, MERAS, are voting on a proposed settlement of their multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) that achieves much of what midwives have been fighting for. More >>

Midwives Withdraw Nelson-Marlborough Strike

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 1:46 pm | MERAS

MERAS, the union representing midwives, has withdrawn its strike for Nelson-Marlborough DHB in light of the continuing state of emergency. More >>

Midwives Plan Symbolic Hikoi to Parliament to Support Claims

Sunday, 10 February 2019, 8:36 am | MERAS

“If you love your Mama, march with midwives next week”. That’s the call from midwives planning a symbolic hikoi starting in the North and the South, moving towards Parliament over four days from next Monday (11 Feb) to Thursday (14 Feb). MERAS Co-leader ... More >>

Union Feeling Positive After Facilitation Today

Friday, 1 February 2019, 5:19 pm | MERAS

The midwives’ union, MERAS, is cautiously optimistic following a positive session of the full negotiating teams in facilitation today. More >>

DHB-employed Midwives to Strike Again

Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 5:19 pm | MERAS

The midwives’ union MERAS has issued strike notices for 12-hour strikes from 9am-9pm, on 11-14 February. More >>

Midwives Kick Off Two Weeks of Strike Action

Thursday, 22 November 2018, 8:48 am | MERAS

Employed midwives are striking for two hours, twice a day, over a two-week period through to 5 December. In all, 540 strike notices have been issued by MERAS, the midwives’ union, to the 20 DHBs. More >>

DHB Employed Midwives Reject DHBs’ Pay Offer – Strike Looms

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 2:20 pm | MERAS

More than 1100 District Health Board (DHB) employed midwives have voted overwhelmingly to reject the DHBs’ pay offer and to go on strike. More >>

Midwives Skills Unrecognised in DHBs Offer

Friday, 19 October 2018, 8:34 am | MERAS

More than 1100 midwives directly employed by DHBs will start voting on an offer from the DHBs today (Friday, 19 October). The ballot will close on Monday, 5 November. More >>

Most Midwives Working on the Day of the Strike

Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 1:40 pm | MERAS

Most Midwives Working on the Day of the Strike The New Zealand College of Midwives and midwives union MERAS (Midwifery Employee and Representation Advisory Service) are reassuring pregnant women that most midwives will be working on Thursday. More >>

Employed Midwives – which union represents them

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 6:47 pm | MERAS

In some media stories about the NZNO MECA (multi-employer collective employment agreement) negotiations and industrial action mention is being made at times about ‘nurses and midwives’. More >>

Midwives' Union Calls For Action Over Crisis in Workforce

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 12:19 pm | MERAS

The midwives’ union, MERAS has spoken out about the crisis in the midwifery workforce and is calling on the government and district health boards to act on pay and conditions. More >>

Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles statement

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 11:43 am | MERAS

MERAS the union of employed midwives supports the recommendations for pay equity principles set out by the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles. It calls on the government to adopt the recommendations. More >>

The union for employed midwives on gender pay equality

Sunday, 30 August 2015, 11:05 am | MERAS

Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Services (‘MERAS’) fully supports and applauds the actions taken by the New Zealand College of Midwives (‘the College’) on behalf of community Lead Maternity Care (‘LMC’) midwives to legally challenge ... More >>

Midwifery Union Supports Retention of Full Maternity Service

Sunday, 1 April 2012, 1:22 pm | MERAS

Wanganui and Palmerston North DHB midwives are united in their opposition the loss of full maternity services from Whanganui Hospital. More >>