Iwi trust accepts pay parity ‘major issue’

Ngati Porou Hauora (NPH) Charitable Trust, facing a 24-hour strike on November 27, accepts pay parity with district health boards (DHB) is ‘‘a major issue”.

NPH has received notice of a proposed 24-hour strike starting at 7am on December 27 from four unions that are party to the Ngati Porou Hauora Collective Agreement — the PSA, NZNO, Etu and First Union.

“This is a difficult time for everyone involved,’’ said a NPH spokesperson.

“NPH is an iwi-owned charitable trust that does not receive the level of funding afforded to DHBs by the Government.

“We appreciate that there are disparities between the DHB and NPH nurse rates, and it is a nationwide issue for NGOs and especially small organisations like ourselves working within the context of our collective agreement.’’

NPH has requested assistance from unions and its members in maintaining life-preserving services for the strike.

“If the proposed strike proceeds, our ability to deliver services to patients will be compromised.

“NPH service responsibilities include hospital services, six primary care centres, community services, and the provision of water and sewage services for the Te Puia Springs community.

“The four unions represent nurses, midwives, heath care assistants, service and food workers, clerical, professional staff, technical and related employees, and trade staff.

“The proposed strike will involve all staff under the collective agreement — i.e. 68 people, which represents 47 percent of our total staff.”

NPH Charitable Trust and the four unions will enter mediation on Monday to try to reach an agreement and avert the proposed strike action.

Ngati Porou Hauora (NPH) Charitable Trust, facing a 24-hour strike on November 27, accepts pay parity with district health boards (DHB) is ‘‘a major issue”.

NPH has received notice of a proposed 24-hour strike starting at 7am on December 27 from four unions that are party to the Ngati Porou Hauora Collective Agreement — the PSA, NZNO, Etu and First Union.

“This is a difficult time for everyone involved,’’ said a NPH spokesperson.

“NPH is an iwi-owned charitable trust that does not receive the level of funding afforded to DHBs by the Government.

“We appreciate that there are disparities between the DHB and NPH nurse rates, and it is a nationwide issue for NGOs and especially small organisations like ourselves working within the context of our collective agreement.’’

NPH has requested assistance from unions and its members in maintaining life-preserving services for the strike.

“If the proposed strike proceeds, our ability to deliver services to patients will be compromised.

“NPH service responsibilities include hospital services, six primary care centres, community services, and the provision of water and sewage services for the Te Puia Springs community.

“The four unions represent nurses, midwives, heath care assistants, service and food workers, clerical, professional staff, technical and related employees, and trade staff.

“The proposed strike will involve all staff under the collective agreement — i.e. 68 people, which represents 47 percent of our total staff.”

NPH Charitable Trust and the four unions will enter mediation on Monday to try to reach an agreement and avert the proposed strike action.

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