The deal would have delivered a 2.75 per cent pay increase backdated to April 1, 2020, for nurses and health promoters. Medical receptionists would have got a 3.75 per cent increase, also backdated to April 1. Other aspects of the deal included five weeks’ annual leave after six years’ service.
NZNO advocate Chris Wilson said members had decisively rejected the proposed deal. “Both parties agreed to go to mediation. Clearly, underfunding is the barrier to getting a deal members will accept. We hope that the Government’s commitment to pay equity in primary health care may provide an opportunity to find a way forward.”