NZNO, the PSA, Ministry of Health and district health boards (DHBs) met at the end of November to settle the claim.
However, DHBs said the complexity of the issue meant more time was needed. Negotiations continued on December 6 but did not settle the remaining issues. At time of publication, a new date was being set, likely on December 10.
NZNO industrial services manager and pay equity co-lead Glenda Alexander, told DHB members the negotiations were close to conclusion.
The extension meant that as agreed under the new NZNO/DHB MECA, members would receive an additional pay equity lump sum down payment of $1000 gross (pro-rated by FTE).