DHB make improved counteroffer to nurses

BOPDHB chief executive and DHB spokesperson Helen Mason. File photo.

District Health Boards have almost doubled their offer to nurses in a package of more than half a billion dollars to settle pay negotiations with the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

DHB spokesperson Helen Mason says the offer is a significant increase going beyond the recommendations of the independent panel proposed by the Prime Minister.

She says it deals with pay and also has a commitment by DHBs to address the workforce and planning issues raised by nurses.

“The offer will invest $520 million dollars between now and mid-2020 for base pay increases, more staff and improving working conditions. Almost half of that is new funding over and above the DHBs’ previous offer.

“This offer will increase NZNO members’ base salary and offers a range of other benefits on top of that to the majority of nurses. The salary of a Registered Nurse with five years’ experience will go up by around $10,500 over 18 months – that’s almost $200 extra a week by the end of 2019. On top of that, they’ll also get increases in on-call rates. By December 2019, the average take home pay of a full-time experienced Registered Nurse will be around $93,000 a year.”

In addition to the base pay increases, Helen says there will be a $2000 lump sum payment. DHBs will work with the NZNO to address its broader pay equity claim, and the Ministry of Health will provide an extra $48 million dollars to fund more nurses and measures to ensure safe staffing levels.

“Nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants are a highly respected and valued part of the health workforce which this increased offer recognises.

“We listened when nurses said raising base pay was very important to them. This offer has three pay rises in the next 15 months, and adds two steps to the top of the registered nurses scale to recognise the value of their experience.

“Nurses have used teachers as a benchmark – this offer moves their base pay rates to a similar level, with penal rates lifting average earnings of a Registered Nurse with five years’ experience to $93,000 moving them even higher.

“The slightly longer term was key so DHBs could meet and go beyond the panel’s recommendations, almost doubling our last offer.

“This offer is a considerable improvement on the last one delivering base pay increases, additional staffing and improved working conditions. We think that it’s a significantly better offer and hope it’s the basis for an agreement that will avoid strike action.”

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9% too low to catch up with teachers

Posted on 31-05-2018 08:28 | By jed

My partner who is a nurse with 20 years experience pulls in 66k a year. Teachers are on 78k after 7 years. 9% puts her up to 71k, still 7k less than a teacher with 13 years less experience. I don’t understand how some people say nurses are greedy. Hosking peddles the line that nurses are on 100k a year, it is just blatantly false!

A little bit of Militancy

Posted on 31-05-2018 08:05 | By J C Wilson

With nurses showing just a wee bit of militancy and solidarity they will achieve a favourable result.It is the squeaky wheel that gets the oil ! Nurses god bless em!

Should be paid the same

Posted on 31-05-2018 06:25 | By simple.really

as teachers and police. Many years ago the 3 jobs all paid the same, but due to a poor nurses union, nursing wages became stuck in concrete whilst teachers and police got what they deserved. These 3 professions are equally important and should be acknowledged as such.

This is just planned B.S.

Posted on 30-05-2018 22:59 | By astex

Not sure how these people can sleep at night after these statements tryig to make the nurses look like money grabbers. The numbers given look really good until you see how many weekends and shifts a nurse would need to do to achieve them. How much will a non shift work nurse get Helen. Stop the B.S. numbers and give the hourly rates for the different levels so the public can see the truth. The public would be shocked if you stopped the spin. Oh and you mention how important staff are so we assume you will also be giving a significant offer to support workers, many of who are on minimum wage.


Posted on 30-05-2018 18:50 | By Merlin

Should never have got to this stage over the previous years .Nurses deserved better.