NZNO successfully defends Employment Court LPS challenge

September 1, 2021

NZNO has claimed victory after being taken to the Employment Court by district health boards (DHBs) in their ongoing industrial dispute with members.

The 20 DHBs involved in collective bargaining took NZNO to the court after members rejected the latest employer offer and voted to strike on August 19.

The hearing revolved around the legal obligations for NZNO in its provision of life-preserving services (LPS) during the strike. DHBs argued LPS agreements should be legally binding.


The strike was cancelled due to the latest outbreak of COVID-19.


On August 25, NZNO released a statement to members saying the judgement had been released.

“Among other things, NZNO successfully defended the view that we could hold a position of a ‘best endeavours’ approach to arranging LPS on the basis of an individual NZNO member’s right to strike.”