NZNO Constitutional Review – Speak up now for rules to empower union members

The revolt over broken promises to back-date Pay Equity for DHB nurses to 31 December 2019 is showing, once again, that union members are powerful when we organise and speak up.  For many DHB nurses, the broken back pay promises briefly brought back bad memories of 2018, when our MECA negotiators told us to acceptContinue reading “NZNO Constitutional Review – Speak up now for rules to empower union members”

‘Safe staffing for all’ – Parliamentary submission on behalf of the DHB Sector Committee of the PSA

Kia ora, my name is Grant Brookes. I work as a Registered Nurse in a District Health Board. I am speaking to you in the Pae Ora Legislation Committee on behalf of the DHB Sector Committee of the PSA, about safe staffing and workplace health and safety. Our committee represents people who interact with patientsContinue reading “‘Safe staffing for all’ – Parliamentary submission on behalf of the DHB Sector Committee of the PSA”

Newtown Union Health Service – Chairperson’s report to the 2021 AGM

Newtown Union Health Service is a not-for-profit community service providing healthcare for community service card holders, low income earners, union members and their families. NUHS is community owned and has provided affordable, accessible, appropriate, quality, not-for-profit and community based primary health care in Wellington since May 1987. Established with the support of local trade unions,Continue reading “Newtown Union Health Service – Chairperson’s report to the 2021 AGM”

Ian Powell: Unionism and nursing in New Zealand

This article by Ian Powell first appeared on 24 November 2021 on Democracy Project. It is re-published here under a Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0  license. In the around 35 years I worked for unions (over 30 with the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and earlier with the New Zealand Educational Institute) I often cogitated over theContinue reading “Ian Powell: Unionism and nursing in New Zealand”

FAQs – Why I’m voting ‘No’ on the DHB offer to PSA Nurses

After more than ten months of MECA bargaining, PSA nurses have finally received a formal offer from the DHBs. Below I share what sits behind my decision to vote “No”. If I was to offer my decision in a sentence, it would look a little like this: “To me, the offer does not adequately advanceContinue reading “FAQs – Why I’m voting ‘No’ on the DHB offer to PSA Nurses”