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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 >>

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 >>