Negotiations for hospices get underway

October 1, 2020

Two days of negotiations for the national hospice multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) were due to be held in Wellington earlier this month.

Claims include parity in pay and a range of other conditions with district health board collegues; an increase in study days and in professional development and recognition programme allowances; and improvements to leave entitlements. Removal of individual hospice exemptions from the MECA was another significant claim, NZNO advocate Lynley Mulrine said.

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The previous MECA expired on August 31 and covered 520 members in 19 hospices.


NZNO’s negotiating team is Mulrine, Nelson-based organiser Daniel Marshall, and delegates Julie Fletcher (Harbour Hospice, Auckland), Nicki Twigge (Waipuna Hospice, Auckland), Rachel Clarke (Arohanui Hospice, Palmerston North) and Shelley Bignell, (Te Omanga Hospice, Lower Hutt).