Latest news for DHB workers: Allied Health settlement ratified

A new settlement has been ratified that will see pay gains for around 9000 allied, public health and technical workers represented by the Public Service Association (PSA) in the DHB sector.

"The overwhelming support received across the country for the new Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECA) has been heartening," said Kerry Davies, PSA national secretary.

"This has been a huge ratification process given the settlement covers members working in more than 100 occupational groups across all 20 DHBs - all of whom deliver vital public services day in and day out to keep the health system running.

The settlement includes minimum pay rises of 9% to 16% by August 2020 for a majority of PSA members, with some lower paid members receiving increases of up to 20% by 2019.

"Reaching this point of ensuring these workers receive fair pay is a testament to a preceding year of solid bargaining and the additional funding agreed by Government in September," said Kerry Davies.

"It follows closely on the positive settlement that was also reached this year in the DHB sector for more than 3000 PSA members who work as mental health and public health nurses.

“We are now continuing our push to get some resolution on the pay equity claim raised for DHB administrative and clerical workers as the largest group of low paid workers."