‘Overwhelming solidarity’ at St George’s

May 1, 2021

“Overwhelming solidarity” has seen a proposed collective agreement (CA) between St George’s Hospital in Christchurch and NZNO ratified by 88 per cent of voting members.

NZNO industrial adviser Danielle Davies said most members did not vote on the basis of their individual gain, but rather in support of a more even playing field for members in non-nursing roles and those on lower salary steps.

“This overwhelming solidarity is something to be proud of and sets us in a position of strength when we come to renegotiations early next year,” Davies said.

Key features of the deal include:

  • A five per cent increase on the respective district health board (DHB) rates for anaesthetic technicians and central sterile services department (CSSD) staff, (bringing them into line with nursing members).
  • Automatic annual salary scale progression, as with other NZNO collective agreements.
  • A living wage, meaning all CA rates will be at $22.10 or above.
  • A 50 per cent increase to the on-call allowance.
  • A new salary step (six) for CSSD members.
  • A two per cent pay increase on all CSSD steps from April 1, 2021.
  • A two per cent increase on all anaesthetic technician steps from April 1, 2021.
  • A 12-month term.

Davies said delegates were proud of their achievement and looked forward to signing a new collective agreement soon. There are 230 NZNO members at the hospital, which has 12 operating theatres and a six-bed intensive care unit.