DHB industrial action withdrawn, workers to vote on new offer

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The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation.

Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “We are pleased that, through the mediation process, we managed to negotiate an improved offer from the DHBs,”

“This new offer will mean more money in the pocket for our hard-working members, and real progress on some of their other key issues.

“Our members take patient care seriously, so the DHB agreement to increase engagement on learning and development is particularly welcome to improve the standard of care.

“The new offers will now go out for discussion and voting at members meetings across the country, with a recommendation to sign.

“As a democratic organisation, our 12,000 DHB members covered by these proposed agreements will have the final say over this decision.

“Industrial action was a last resort after months of bargaining, and we are pleased sufficient progress has been made that we can take that option off the table,” said Richard Wagstaff.