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Midwives Vote In Favour Of Pay Equity Deal

Friday, 6 October 2023, 12:39 pm | MERAS

MERAS , the midwives’ union, says their member midwives have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a final pay equity settlement from Te Whatu Ora. Last month the union, which represents more than 90% of Te Whatu Ora employed midwives, announced it had ... More >>

Statement From MERAS (Midwifery) Which Has Received An Offer Of A Proposed Final Pay Equity Settlement From Te Whatu Ora

Friday, 15 September 2023, 8:11 pm | MERAS

Caroline Conroy, MERAS Co-Leader (Midwifery): MERAS , the midwives’ union, has received an offer of a proposed final pay equity settlement from Te Whatu Ora in relation to the Midwifery pay equity claim. It’s been five years since the pay ... More >>

Midwives Vote In Favour Of Interim Pay Equity Deal

Thursday, 6 July 2023, 12:48 pm | MERAS

On the back of Tuesdays confirmation of the critical midwifery shortage, 97% of midwives employed by Te Whatu Ora have voted in support of an interim pay equity deal. The interim agreement increases the base pay for Te Whatu Ora employed midwives ... More >>

Unions Welcome Interim Pay Equity Offer

Tuesday, 25 April 2023, 6:46 pm | MERAS

Representatives of MERAS, the midwives’ union, are pleased to finally have seen the details of an interim pay equity offer for around 1750 midwives and maternity care assistants employed directly by Te Whatu Ora in its hospitals and primary units. ... More >>

St George's Maternity Service Is Closing - “A Sad Day”

Monday, 24 April 2023, 5:36 pm | MERAS

“A sad day.” That’s how Jill Ovens, the co-leader of MERAS (the Midwives’ union) is describing the news today that St George’s Hospital maternity service is closing. The maternity contract between St George’s and Te Whatu Ora will not ... More >>

Midwives’ Union Says Members Are Furious About Ongoing Delays In Addressing Pay Equity Issue

Sunday, 5 March 2023, 5:47 pm | MERAS

Midwives employed by Te Whatu Ora in the country’s hospitals are fed up that they are not being listened to and they are planning actions to make their voices roar, MERAS , the Midwives’ union, says. MERAS and sister union NZNO had hoped to secure ... More >>

Midwives' Union MERAS - Statement On Fast Track Announcement

Monday, 12 December 2022, 7:57 pm | MERAS

Caroline Conroy, Co-leader: Whereas we acknowledge recruiting midwives from overseas will assist in alleviating the immediate shortage we are facing, there is a world-wide shortage of midwives because of a lack of support and investment of this critical ... More >>

Midwife Born Soon After Equal Pay Act Came Into Force Still Waits For Pay Equity

Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 9:05 am | MERAS

In Aotearoa in October 1972, poet JK Baxter died, Donny Osmond had the #1 hit with Puppy Love, Norman Kirk was about to be elected as Prime Minister, and the Equal Pay Act came into being. 50 years ago on October 20th, the Act was passed “to make ... More >>

Te Whatu Ora Throws The Baby Out With The Bath Water

Friday, 30 September 2022, 5:23 pm | MERAS

Te Whatu Ora Health NZ announced today that not only are they stopping the controversial Winter incentive payments, but any other payments for additional work or shifts over and above contractual entitlements will also cease from today. In July, Te Whatu More >>

Midwives Welcome Increase In Paid Parental Leave Payments

Monday, 20 June 2022, 9:17 am | MERAS

Midwives are celebrating the $40 a week increase in Paid Parental leave entitlements from 1 July as they see daily, new parents struggling to meet rising costs. From Friday 1 July, the maximum weekly rate of paid parental leave will be increasing ... More >>

Positive Movement Overnight On Lump Sum Payment Delay In Pay Equity Negotiations Remains Concerning

Friday, 12 November 2021, 9:45 am | MERAS

Positive news for MERAS midwives at last. The union was notified last night that a pay equity lump sum agreed to more than two months ago will be paid to member midwives before Christmas. Yesterday MERAS Co-leader (Industrial), Jill Ovens, described the ... More >>

DHBs Breach Commitment Made To Midwives – Union Files With ERA

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 2:27 pm | MERAS

“A constant and unnecessary uphill battle.” That’s how the midwives’ union ( MERAS ) describes dealing with District Health Boards and the Government over pay equity negotiations and getting payments already agreed, paid to midwife union members. ... More >>

Hospital Midwives Settle With DHBs

Friday, 17 September 2021, 5:05 pm | MERAS

Hospital midwives who are members of the Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Services (MERAS), have settled their Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) with the country’s DHBs. The MECA expired on 31 January this year and MERAS midwives ... More >>

Minister of Health’s Announcement Disappointing for Midwives

Tuesday, 17 August 2021, 12:15 pm | MERAS

The country’s biggest union for employed midwives, MERAS (Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Services), is pleased for nurses but incredibly disappointed that midwives were not included in the Minister's announcement. More >>

Thursday National Strike Still On - Union Disappointed By DHBs Immovability and Unavailability

Monday, 16 August 2021, 2:46 pm | MERAS

DHB negotiators have responded today to requests from the midwives’ union for further mediation, saying that the DHBs’ position is unchanged and they are too busy to meet for further mediation until the first two weeks of September. Co-leader ... More >>

Employed Midwives To Strike

Wednesday, 4 August 2021, 3:05 pm | MERAS

Midwives employed by DHBs will go ahead with planned rolling strikes next week after mediation on Monday failed to reach agreement. The 8-hour strikes will start on Monday [9th August] in Northland, the three Auckland DHBs and Southern DHB, and move towards ... More >>

Hospital Midwives To Vote On Strike Action

Thursday, 8 July 2021, 9:35 am | MERAS

Hospital midwives who are members of the Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Services (MERAS) are voting over the next two weeks on an offer from the 20 DHBs, to settle their Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA). Should hospital midwives ... More >>

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 >>





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