News & Events

Hospital Midwives Unconvinced About Risk From Asymptomatic Transmission

29th March, 2020

Ministry of Health guidelines released on Friday are causing considerable anxiety and stress for hospital midwives who feel they are putting themselves, the women they care for, and their families at unnecessary risk. MERAS, the…

New Zealand moves to highest alert level in fight against COVID-19

24th March, 2020

Most New Zealanders are expressing relief at the latest steps announced yesterday by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the pressure on our health services. We are now at…

Unions address employee issues around COVID-19

20th March, 2020

Employers have a responsibility under the Health and Safety Act to provide a safe workplace. However, unions have been advised that health professionals should not be at risk of contracting COVID-19 at work if clinical…

Holidays Act reviews highlight issues

20th March, 2020

The review of Holidays Act compliance conducted by Ernst and Young at the three Auckland Metro DHBs has identified 18 areas of non-compliance relating to Annual Leave and BAPSF (bereavement leave, alternative days, public holidays,…

“Midwives leading midwives” Workplace Representatives Forum – Auckland, August 2020

23rd January, 2020

On 12 August 2020 we will hold the inaugural MERAS national forum at the Quality Inn in Parnell, Auckland. The forum is open to all workplace representatives. An important part of our union democracy, this…

Audit of Holidays Act compliance underway at three Auckland DHBs

8th November, 2019

Audit of Holidays Act compliance underway at three Auckland DHBs Auditors have begun their process to review compliance of the Holidays Act at Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau DHBs, which are in the first tranche…

Northland DHB first to move on Holidays Act breaches

12th September, 2019

Electronic time and attendance sheets are to replace paper time sheets at Northland DHB after a national review of Holidays Act breaches highlighted potential problems with the current processes. Northland has volunteered to be one…

Māori midwives in the news

11th September, 2019

Māori midwives are too few and spread too thinly across the country to handle rising Māori birth rates, and say a workforce strategy is desperately needed. Only 9 percent of all midwives are Māori, despite…

Midwives signing up for pay equity interviews

28th August, 2019

MERAS members are excited that interviews for the pay equity process for DHB-employed midwives will be underway from September. MERAS co-leader (industrial) Jill Ovens says midwives have been invited to indicate an interest in being…