June 30, 2022
Trust lost in health pay fight
An organiser for allied health workers says employers need to win back the trust of workers after a gruelling 20-month contract fight.
The 10,000 workers represented by the Public Services Association have voted in favour of the deal reached after industrial action including a strike and work to rule.
Will Mathews says it will mean a pay increase of 5 to 17 percent, depending on their income, with more to come through a pay equity process.
He says it’s regrettable workers had to strike to get the district health boards to table an acceptable offer.
“We have made it very clear to the DHBs that as a result of their behaviour and the way they have dealt with us in this dispute the trust and the relationship with their employees ahs been damaged and it is going to take more than this offer to repair that,” Mr Matthews says.
He says the deal also included an agreement all members will be paid more than the living wage, improved provisions on health and safety, workloads and discretionary leave, and recognition of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.