The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers.
“These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which could be a world leader, now lags so far behind.” CTU President, Helen Kelly said.
“These new laws are intended to attack basic work rights. Workers will now find it much harder to get a fair deal through collective bargaining simply because …
In February 2012, Hinchingbrooke Hospital became the first NHS Trust to be operated by a private partner, Circle. Dr John Lister has since analysed the public image of both Circle and Hinchingbrooke, and in a report prepared for UNISON (the largest public sector union in the United Kingdom), he argues that neither are what they seem. His report is available here.
This is the fourth issue for 2014 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. This Direct reports on the last Executive meeting held on 25 September: 25th Commemorative Conference and Martin McKee visit; To BIM we go; Collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; Health sector relationship agreement steering group; Other matters …
We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 13th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: new Health Minister to address ASMS Conference; Health informatics – a beginners’ guide for clinical leaders; ASMS history captured on video; joint consultation committees; illness or accident of close family member – clause 27 DHB collective employment agreement; ASMS homepage news items.
New Zealand’s public health system is under pressure. It’s a struggle for many to get onto hospital waiting lists for surgery or to see a specialist, chronic illnesses continue to increase, and mental health pressures worsen. Senior doctors are working longer and harder to cover staff shortages, and hospitals are spreading themselves more thinly than ever in a bid to do more with less money. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is concerned about the pressure on the medical workforce and what this will mean for the provision of future health care. After analysing the best available evidence, the ASMS has prepared a report which highlights just how vulnerable the medical workforce is.