About the Employment Relations Programme

A woman at reception discussing Employment Relations with a client.

TAS provides strategic employment relations support to DHBs, on industrial relations matters. Our services cover the full life-cycle from the data analysis and bargaining strategy, through to negotiation and bargaining of employment agreements and implementing them. We are governed by the Employment Relations Strategy Group.

TAS has led the development of a five-year Employment Relations (ER) Strategy for the 20 DHBs. The strategy signals the DHBs commitment to develop employment arrangements which will enable effective teams to do their best work to deliver Pae Ora for our communities.

ER Strategy 2019-24 [186kb]

December 2019 

We also deliver the following services:

  • providing advocacy in national and regional Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) negotiations.
  • providing Single Employer Collective Agreement bargaining and capability building within DHBs.
  • supporting advocates in local collective agreement negotiations
  • providing expert advice to ensure consistency with applications of the MECAs.

TAS provides the link between DHBs and the Ministry of Health, Government officials and Union representatives. We represent the DHBs on Employment Relations legislation changes. 

Health Sector Relationship Agreement

In November 2020, the Minister of Health Hon Andrew Little and senior union and government leaders renewed their commitment to the Health Sector Relationship Agreement (HSRA), which provides a forum for progressing matters critical to the success of our health and disability workforce.

The Agreement is based on shared commitments to a strong public health system that delivers excellent and equitable health outcomes and an exemplary working environment.

Health Sector Relationship Agreement 2020 [624kb]

20 November 2020


Read the news story: Government and unions commit to working together for health workforce

Last updated: 11/1/22