Collective Agreements


Below is the MERAS and 20 DHBs MECA.

DHB MECA 1 February 2021- 30 April 2023

The rolling strikes and the media that resulted from these led to a revised offer. Your pressure worked!

The new salary rates are below. Core midwives on Step 7 will be on $84,153 (a 7.4% increase) and new grads will start on $65,022 (an increase of nearly 10%).

DHBs MECA salary scales

The new rates keep the 1.25% differential for midwives because of the increase MERAS won in August 2020.

The MECA also includes reimbursement of your College of Midwives fees from the $1000 a member Continuing Professional Development (CPD) fund.

Details of the Pay Equity Lump Sum are below:

Pay Equity Partial Payment in advance – 6 September 2021

MERAS FAQs on Pay Equity Lump Sum Dec 2021

The MECA also includes:

  • $1000 in a CPD fund for every MERAS midwife each year, to carry over if unused, and which will cover your College of Midwives fees.
  • New safe staffing provisions and an independent review of CCDM (Trendcare).
  • A Midwifery Career Pathway and a dedicated process to evaluate new midwifery positions.
  • Inclusion of the MERAS Rostering Guidelines and new meal and rest break provisions.
  • New midwifery employees to go on the terms and conditions of the MERAS MECA as we now have the majority membership in every DHB.
  • Coverage of maternity care assistants who are midwifery students working in a housekeeping role, giving them the opportunity to earn money while they are studying for their degree.
  • Non-union midwives will pay a bargaining fee to MERAS, which will be the same as the union subs, payable over the next two years.
  • A policy will be developed to ensure flight midwives are looked after by the receiving DHB following a survey MERAS conducted last year.
  • Better support around sentinel/adverse events, including paid special leave if needed (this won’t come off your sick leave entitlement).
  • MERAS to work with Midwifery Leaders on flexible work arrangements, including working from home where appropriate.
  • Sick leave will not be pro-rated and all 10 days will be paid at relevant daily pay.
  • ACC top-up for injuries sustained through workplace assaults (won’t come off sick leave).
  • Whāngai recognised in parental leave.
  • Designated senior midwives to be paid O/T for coming in to respond to VRM after hours.
  • Encourage DHBs to have designated senior midwife on all shifts and wards in secondary and tertiary units.

Other Collective Agreements

Auckland Birthcare Collective Agreement – 1 August 2020 to 16 September 2021

Hokianga Health Enterprise Trust CEA- 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2021

Rodney Coast Midwives Limited (RCML) – 1 June 2021 – 31 May 2023

River Ridge and Waterford MECA 2019-2022

St George’s Hospital Collective Agreement – 29 March 2021 to 26 March 2023

Waitaki District Health Services Collective Agreement – 1 April 2021 – 30 April 2023