District Health Boards
The PSA is a major health union with over 15,000 members employed by district health boards. Union members are the bedrock of our public health services.
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The PSA is organising for good and rewarding careers that reflect the value we place on public health services and the people who provide them.
The DHB sector has its own national committee and a seat on the PSA Executive Board. This ensures your sector has a voice at all levels of PSA decision-making.
Update as at: August 2020
Admin & Clerical - Pay Equity
The State Sector Governance and Assurance Group has approved the claim to proceed to the next step in the process, which is for the full Cabinet to give its approval for negotiations to commence. The Prime Minister and Minister of Health have advised the PSA national secretaries that Cabinet has approved the Crown bargaining parameters to enable negotiations to commence.
The Crown Negotiator and the PSA have two solid weeks of negotiations scheduled throughout August. We anticipate reaching a settlement before the election in mid-September.
DHB PSA members have been approaching all Members of Parliament to stand in solidarity with us to support the government giving approval, as a matter or urgency, and provide support for the PSA negotiating team during the bargaining so that we are able to reach a settlement which can be reported back to members for ratification.
We have also asked members to call, write to or meet with their local member of Parliament.
Allied Public Health & Technical - Pay Equity
A reference group has been set up and the 14 people on this group represent 85% of the occupations covered by the claim and is due to meet on the 12th August. It should be noted that Apex have also put in a claim for their allied health members, this will be consolidated into the PSA claim.
The Communications Team have been working on a newsletter masthead to publicise amongst the membership the work PSA have been doing on the claim.
Allied Public Health & Technical - Bargaining
In addition to advancing our pay equity claims we still have to renew our APHT MECAs which expire Octobre 31st this year and we are preparing to bargain for a new agreement.
Mental and Public Health Nursing - Pay Equity
We are progressing our Nursing pay equity claim jointly with NZNO. We are currently working on the claimant assessments. This is expected to take two weeks, with a further fortnight required to complete the comparator assessments.
Mental and Public Health Nursing - Bargaining
In addition to advancing our pay equity claims we still have to renew our Nursing MECAs which expire later this year.NZNO are currently in bargaining for their MECA and it is unlikely that we will advance our nursing bargaining before they have made progress with theirs. It is likely that there will be more opportunity to meet pay expectations through the pay equity process than in traditional MECA bargaining in the current economic climate.
Ngā Pou Mana define Tangata Whenua Allied Health as "the broad range of therapies, rongoā, scientific and technical workforce, researchers, teachers and students - both regulated, self-regulated, non-regulated, legislated and emerging workforces, and those that have a mātauranga Māori or kaupapa Māori foundational approach to hauora."
Ngā Pou Mana currently recognise over 60 different roles that can register for membership as a Tangata Whenua Allied Health Member. For more details to see if you are eligible check out our list here.
If you think your profession or role should be added to the allied health list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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