News & Events

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…

Outgoing NRC Chair recognised for her service

26th August, 2019

Outgoing National Representatives Council (NRC) Chairperson KellyMcConville received Life Membership at the MERAS Annual General Meeting which took place in Auckland on 15 August. Kelly was a founding member of MERAS and has served two…

MERAS Annual General Meeting 15 August 2019

9th August, 2019

The MERAS National Representative Council (NRC) Annual General Meeting will take place at 11am on Thursday 15 August at Yarnton Lounge, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland and is open to all MERAS members.

Midwives Vote YES to DHBs MECA Settlement

14th April, 2019

Midwives employed by DHBs have voted overwhelmingly YES to a pay settlement.

The vote which closed on Friday 12thApril, will see a majority of members gaining increases of up to 17.5% from where they are now ($66,755 a year) to where they will be in August next year ($78,353 a year).