2020 is a significant year for MERAS. We will be completing work on the Midwifery Accord and the Midwifery Pay Equity claim. We will be developing our bargaining strategy for the DHBs MECA, which will be underway by the end of the year.

The World Health Organisation has designated 2020 the Year of the Midwife to acknowledge the vital role midwives play in providing essential and effective health services worldwide. International Midwives Day (5 May) is an opportunity to organise workplace activities or activities being held as part of the College of Midwives #backmidwives campaign.

It will be 30 years in August 2020 since the passing of the Nurses Amendment Act which recognised midwifery as an autonomous profession in its own right with direct entry midwifery training.

MERAS is actively involved in the Council of Trade Unions’ campaign to re-elect a progressive Government and this forum will be an opportunity to inspire workplace reps to maximise our members’ participation in the campaign.

Objectives of the MERAS Election Campaign

  • To campaign for the election of a Labour-Greens Government, and in doing so, create a public groundswell that will see the incoming Government prioritise progressive change for women, their babies, and their whanau.
  • To celebrate the gains for employed midwives in 2020, including the Accord and Pay Equity, and to elect a Government that will ensure these gains continue.
  • To make the resourcing of midwives an Election issue in collaboration with the College of Midwives.
  • To provide opportunities for our members to participate in campaign activities (i.e. MERAS, the College and cross-union campaign activities).

Read the full MERAS 2020 General Election campaign plan