Member voting opens on three remits ahead of September AGM

August 3, 2022

Members can now vote on three remits relating to membership fees for students; supporting NZNO values and not bringing the organisation into disrepute; and proposed changes for NZNO members who belong to other unions.

Voting closes on Friday September 9, 2022.

Two constitutional remits have been received from Te Matau a Māui regional council of NZNO co-chairs Sandra Corbett and Elizabeth Banks.

Constitutional remit 1 proposes adding a new disciplinary clause to the NZNO constitution (Schedule 1; new clause making it an offence to: Knowingly act in a manner that is likely to either bring NZNO/NZNO officers/NZNO staff into disrepute, adversely impact the mana of NZNO/NZNO officers/NZNO staff, or incite racism or hate”.

Its rationale is stated as: It is imperative that as we move together ‘all of sector’ with the Maranga Mai campaign that we ensure the values of unionism and solidarity are strong. No light between us.

Over the past few years some of the member comments have been deliberate in their intent to bring down our union. To the extent where members were encouraging other members to join other unions. This brought unsubstantiated and false speculation that our union was acting in an improper way and on the brink of collapse.

To unite NZNO, members agree and support the organisation values, or the alternative if they don’t is to seek a union that supports their views and aspirations.

Constitutional remit 2 proposes amendments to the affiliate membership part of the constitution (Schedule 1; clause 3) to state that: “A dual member as defined at subclause 3.4 may not hold office, be a delegate, propose nominations or motions, or have voting rights under this Constitution”.

Its proposed new subclause 3.4 defines dual membership as “where a member is also a member of another union and has authorised that other union to act as the member’s bargaining representative”.

Its rationale is stated as:

. . . members who are NZNO and belong to another union who they have nominated to do their bargaining on their behalf, should not then have the same affiliate conditions apply to them.

We feel that in situations where NZNO does not do the bargaining for these members, and the other union is the member’s nominated choice, therefore these members should be subject to the same conditions as affiliates. This then follows that they not be entitled to hold office, be a delegate, propose nominations or motions or have voting rights.

Policy remit 1, received from the National Student Unit, calls for the removal of NZNO membership fees for nursing students.

Its rationale is stated as: More and more we see news articles about staffing shortages, burnout and dissatisfaction. This is our opportunity to fight for better outcomes for current and future nurses and their patients. In order to improve our workforce (and ultimately patient outcomes) it is imperative that we remove barriers to unionism so that we can work together to improve our field.

The remit committee also stated that removing fees for nursing students ($48.38 per year) would reduce NZNO’s membership income by around $67,000 per annum.

Remit and voting details

The remits in full along with background information from the NZNO Remit Committee can be found in the Candidate Profiles and Remit Information booklet (also available to you once you have logged into the voting site).

The remit information was updated on 29 July 2022 with some additional comments from the Remit Committee regarding Constitutional Remit 2 following member requests for clarification.  If you have not seen this you might want to look at the update on p17 of the booklet before casting your vote.

Supporting documents such as the NZNO constitution and AGM agenda can be found on NZNO’s 2022 board election page.

Here is the link to the website where you will to able to vote to elect seven (7) Directors and to indicate whether you agree/disagree with two (2) Constitutional Remits and one (1) Policy Remit. To vote you will need your unique personal identification number (PIN) and Password (case sensitive) which will be emailed or posted to you on 3 August). 

Voting closes on Friday September 9, 2022.

The AGM is being held on September 13, ahead of the member group training day on September 14  and conference on September 15.

See also 12 candidates stand for 2022 NZNO board elections.