We are asking all members to attend stopwork meetings following very little progress in the ASMS-DHB MECA negotiations. We have had ten days of talks and the negotiations have stalled, with no acceptable offer on the table. The stopworks are an important opportunity for members to hear more details about the negotiations and feedback to the negotiating team.
Stopwork meetings will be held in each DHB between August 2-14. In some larger DHBs there will be more than one meeting to accommodate members in different sites.
Check out when and where the stopwork in your DHB is here.
Posters will also be going up around your worksite. You can download and print extra posters if needed – you can find them linked to the stopwork event calendar.
All employees who are members of a union have the right to attend a stopwork meeting (MECA clause 33). The meetings run for two hours and are paid. They are not a form of industrial action and DHBs must help ensure members are able to attend. This means all elective work and clinics must be postponed during that time, but essential services will be maintained.
We have created a FAQ sheet to answer some questions members may have. If you have other questions, please get in touch.