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Maternity units in Wellington region short 1/4 of their workforce

18th July, 2021

Midwives at Wellington hospitals are sometimes too busy to take breaks and new mothers have been rushed out and transferred elsewhere within a day of giving birth, as the region’s maternity units grapple with a chronic…

MERAS calls for 50% pay increase as workers leave profession

16th July, 2021

Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Service co-leader Jill Ovens told TVNZ’s Breakfast show host Jenny-May Clarkson on 16 July that she knows people who have left the profession to work as Covid-19 vaccinators, to work…

Hospital Midwives To Vote on Strike Action

8th July, 2021

Hospital midwives who are members of the Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Services (MERAS) are voting over the next two weeks on an offer from the 20 DHBs to settle their Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA).…

Midwives support striking nurses

9th June, 2021

MERAS industrial co-leader Jill Ovens spoke to Karyn Hay on Radio New Zealand about the Nurses strike on 9 June. Jill explained that the majority of midwives are members of MERAS, which is supporting the…

Kiwi Midwife writes and records song with her band

12th May, 2021

Midwife Pam Colbert has put her skills out for all to see on You Tube. No, not the skill as a midwife but her other skill as a song writer and musician with her band…

Midwives’ Union Challenging DHBs Excluding GPs As “Comparator” In Pay Equity Claim

9th March, 2021

MERAS has filed in the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) over the DHBs’ decision to unilaterally exclude general practitioners as a potential comparator in the process to resolve the union’s pay equity claim. MERAS Co-leader (Industrial)…

MERAS Co-Leader Jill Ovens on The Project

18th February, 2021

MERAS Co-Leader Jill Ovens spoke to The Project on 17 February about the need to improve the critical shortage of midwives in New Zealand. https://meras.midwife.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/02/Jill-Ovens-The-Project-21-Feb-2021.mp4