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Resident Medical Officers Bargaining Overview

Industrial action update

Media

Bargaining update from the DHBs' lead CE

Resources: Letters, Factsheets and OIAs

Additional information 

Resident Medical Officers Bargaining

Overview

TAS is currently in bargaining on behalf of the country's 20 DHBs with the NZ Resident Doctors Association (RDA) to renew the Multi Employer Collective Agreement or MECA for Resident Medical Officers (RMOs). The RDA represents about 70 per cent of the country's 4000 RMOs.

DHBs Unconditional offer tabled with the RDA mediation (5 April 2019) [428kb]April 2019
Existing RDA MECA [6.6MB]April 2019


Specialty Trainees of New Zealand (SToNZ)
 is a new RMO union. Since it was formed in mid-2018, SToNZ has successfully concluded a new MECA - its membership has grown from less than 50 when it was first initiated to almost 750 at 12 April 2019 - nearly 20 per cent of all RMOs.

SToNZ MECA [1.5MB]

April 2019

Comparison of SToNZ and NZRDA MECAs [176kb]

April 2019


There are also several hundred RMOs who are not members of either union and are covered by Individual Employment Agreements or IEAs.


Industrial action update

The RDA has served notice of a five-day strike from Monday 29 April.  DHBs believe this is unnecessary and disproportionate when there's a process underway to find a settlement.

The Employment Relations Authority has agreed to NZRDAs request for urgent facilitation - a move that DHBs support. DHBs are available to meet as soon as possible and call on the RDA members to lift strike notice now the ERA is involved. 

DHBs made an unconditional settlement offer to the NZRDA at mediation on 5 April. 

Key elements of the offer include:

  • A number of amendments to better define how rosters are agreed and implemented
  • Lump sum payments if RMOs don't strike
  • A 3-year term with pay rises totalling 7.5 per cent
NZRDA MECA Unconditional Offer [425kb]

There have been four NZRDA strikes since 15 January 2019. Half of all RMOs worked through the strikes - between 60-65 per cent of all Registrars and about 35 per cent of House Officers.

Strike participation rates and service impacts [176kb]


Media

Strikes unnecessary now facilitation set [91kb] 

24 April 2019

DHBs are urging resident medical officers to withdraw planned strike action and let the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) do its job.

DHBs welcome ERA decision [80kb]

15 April 2019

DHBs welcome the Employment Relations Authority's decision to grant facilitation and are available to meet as soon as possible. 

DHBs say time for cool heads [85kb]

12 April 2019

DHBs say the planned five-day strike from Monday 29 April by some Resident Medical Officers is unnecessary, uncalled for and disproportionate when there's a process underway to find a settlement. 

For previous media releases about negotiations with Resident Medical Officers, go to our media page.

Media


Bargaining update from the DHBs' lead CE

CE Lead's update- RDA Bargaining [115kb] 

5 April 2019 

CE lead's update- RDA Bargaining [116kb]

25 March 2019

CE lead's update- RDA Bargaining [100kb] 

8 March 2019 

CE lead's update-RDA Bargaining [102kb]

27 February 2019 

CE lead's update - RDA Bargaining [186kb]

7 February 2019

 

Resources: Letters, Factsheets and OIAs

 

RDA Bargaining Questions and Answers [150kb]

16 April 2019

 

The RMOs' terms and conditions of employment, and the latest workforce data.

2018 RMO fact sheet one – Workforce [150kb]

November 2018


Limits on working hours under each agreement, and how countries approach limits on hours of work differently.

2018 RMO fact sheet two – hours of work [191kb]

November 2018


Additional information

A comparison of the SToNZ and NZRDA MECAs

Comparison of SToNZ and NZRDA MECAs [176kb]

12 April 2019


Data reported by DHBs about service impact during the eight days of industrial action over January and February.

DHBs stats re service impacts RMO strike action [180kb]

11 April 2019


Research into appropriate working hours, by the Royal New Zealand College of Surgeons.

Appropriate Working Hours for Surgical Training [125kb]

November 2017


Research into standards for safe working hours, by the Royal New Zealand College of Surgeons

Standards for Safe Working Hours [490kb]

May 2009

 
Research into the emerging impacts of past MECAs, by the Sapere Research Group

Emerging Impacts of the 2017 Resident Doctors' Multi-Employer Collective Agreement [490kb]

April 2018

Last updated: 24/4/19