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Current Pay Equity Claims

A number of unions have raised pay equity claims with DHBs:

  • The Midwifery Employee Representation and Advocacy Service (MERAS) has raised a claim for midwifery roles.
  • The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has raised claims for  nursing and midwifery roles.
  • The Public Service Association (PSA) has raised claims for clerical and administration roles; allied, scientific and technical roles; and mental and public health nursing roles.
  • The Association of Professional and Executive Employees (APEX) has raised a claim for a number of allied, scientific and technical roles.

The Pay Equity Amendment Act 2020 requires separate claims for the same or similar work to be consolidated into one claim.

DHBs have reached an initial agreement with the PSA on the following claim:

Claim Union
Clerical and administration roles                           PSA          


DHBs are working with unions to assess the following consolidated claims:

Consolidated Claim Unions
Nursing roles NZNO and PSA
Midwifery roles MERAS and NZNO
Some allied, scientific and technical roles PSA and APEX


Opting out of a pay equity claim

The Equal Pay Amendment Act 2020 requires DHBs to provide unions with the names and contact details of employees who want to be party to the pay equity claim. This is so the unions can provide information about the pay equity process to these employees, and ensure employees can vote on the proposed pay equity claim settlement.

If you're a DHB employee and want to opt-out of a pay equity claim, please contact your DHB payroll team for an opt-out form. You can opt-out at any time before the final voting date on the proposed pay equity claim settlement.

If you choose to opt-out of the pay equity process, you will not automatically receive the benefits of the pay equity claim settlement.


Last updated: 6/1/21