More focus on midwives.
The College of Midwives (NZCOM) was now working towards implementing a midwives' multi-employer collective agreement, said Harre. Half of NZNO's around 1000 midwife members belonged to NZCOM but still retained their NZNO membership for wage bargaining and industrial representation.
"NZCOM formed and registered a Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Service (MERAS) as a union for midwives in late 2002 and, last October, employed experienced union organiser Bernard McIlhone as its general manager. NZCOM is advising the district health boards of its intentions to grow and initiate national bargaining. Unfortunately, the DHBs have the impression NZNO is happy with MERAS seeking members in DHBs."
Assuming NZNO wanted to continue representing midwives industrially, Harre recommended that it improve its communication with these members, alerting them to NZNO's campaigns and how they could get involved, and encourage their participation in discussion on bargaining options.
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|Publication:||Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2004|
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