Hospice ratification meetings underway

February 1, 2021

Hospice ratification meetings are underway and will run from February 11-26. Negotiations for a new national hospice multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) began in September last year.

Members would be voting on an offer which did not quite reach their original claim of pay parity with NZNO/district health board MECA, lead organiser Lynley Mulrine said. They had also sought rates and parity with a range of other DHB conditions.

Another key claim had been the removal of individual hospice exemptions from the current hospice MECA. The current MECA expired on August 31 and covered 520 members in 21 hospices around the country.