NZNO/DHB MECA Claims Ballot


Kia ora,

The vote to endorse the claims, negotiation team and ratification process for your 2020 NZNO/DHB MECA negotiations will open tomorrow, 3 June.

We started our claims process with delegates running more than 400 meetings with approximately 5700 NZNO members. The results of those meetings formed the basis of the claims survey, where members contributed their views on the claims put forward and had the opportunity to raise any claims that were not included. The claims were then reviewed by NZNO's National Delegates Committee for the DHB sector and are now presented for endorsement by members.

Read the proposed claims.
Read about the proposed bargaining team.

The ratification process governing how any proposed NZNO/DHB MECA will be ratified by members is set out in clauses 11.2 and 11.3 of the NZNO constitution.

Only members who are covered by the proposed collective agreement may vote, and a simple majority decision (50 percent plus 1) of those entitled to vote and who do vote on the proposed collective agreement shall be binding on all members covered by that collective agreement. The vote will be open from 3-18 June.

Your ballot will be emailed to you tomorrow (3 June).  We will be emailing ballots in batches so your colleagues may receive their ballot before you do.

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If this field says your membership number is unknown, please email [email protected] for help. 

What to do if you do not receive your ballot.

  1. Check your junk/spam folders
  2. Check here that your worksite details and email address are up to date:
  3. If you have completed 1 and 2 (if you are able), request a ballot from: [email protected]. Include your full name, workplace and membership number.

This is an online ballot only.  It is necessary to have an email address to vote in this ballot, and email addresses cannot be shared between voters in this ballot.

Please check in with your colleagues that they received their ballot. If they haven’t, advise them to check their details and request a ballot as above. 

We invite you to print out the claims ballot poster and display it in your work place.

Members for whom we have mobile phone numbers will also be notified about the ballot by text tomorrow.  If you did not receive this but wish to receive text updates please update your details.

Who is eligible to vote in this ballot?

You must be a current financial member of NZNO.

If you are also a member of another union and pay a reduced fee to belong to NZNO you are not eligible to vote as this means you are not a member of NZNO for industrial purposes.

You must be employed by a DHB in a role listed below, or hold a nursing and midwifery position and are required by the employer to be a qualified health professional. 

  • Nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Registered midwives
  • Enrolled nurses
  • Registered obstetric nurses
  • Karitane nurses
  • Health care assistants/hospital aides.

The following roles are not covered by the NZNO/DHB MECA and are not eligible to vote in this ballot:

  • Directors of Nursing and/or Midwifery or equivalent positions (such as Professional Nurse or midwife Advisors) (at all DHBs)
  • Associate Directors of Nursing or Midwifery or equivalent positions (such as Professional Nurse or Midwife Advisors /Leaders) (at all DHBs)
  • Mental Health nursing positions (at Waitematā, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Nelson/Marlborough and West Coast DHBs)

Keeping up-to-date with the campaign

We will continue to email updates about the negotiations.  You can also keep up with the campaign through the campaign website.

For those using Facebook there is also a closed Facebook group for NZNO members covered by the NZNO/DHB MECA to discuss matters related to the negotiations.

Ngā mihi nui,

David Wait, on behalf of your negotiation team,
Industrial Adviser, New Zealand Nurses Organisation


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