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Sterilising Technicians Strike at Hawke’s Bay Hospital on Wednesday 23 January 2019

Sterilising Technicians Strike at Hawke’s Bay Hospital on Wednesday 23 January 2019

20 Sterilising Technicians and APEX members at Hawke’s Bay Hospital will take strike action on Wednesday 23 January from 7am to 11pm. Sterilising Technicians are responsible for cleaning, sterilising and packaging surgical instruments and equipment. The District Health Board (DHB) has refused to provide APEX members working as Sterilising Technicians with the same salary increases offered to their colleagues at other DHBs.

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Southland Anaesthetic Technicians Strike

Anaesthetic Technicians at Southland Hospital commenced a strike at 0700hrs today, ending at 1600 tomorrow, Friday January 11. This strike follows the strike in October last year, in an attempt to settle these essential health workers’ collective agreement.

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Ministerial Intervention Frustrating Settlements

APEX, the union representing allied scientific and technical practitioners in the health sector, supports the statements made on Radio NZ this morning by Jill Ovens, the co-advocate for the midwives’ union, MERAS, regarding Ministerial intervention in bargaining in health.

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Hawkes Bay Anaesthetic Technicians to strike for 48 hours

Anaesthetic Technicians (ATs) employed at Hawkes Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) have given notice of what will be their third strike in as many months. The strike will run 48 hours and is planned to start on the morning of Monday 17th December, running through to Wednesday 19th December.

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Nelson-Marlborough Anaesthetic Technicians to strike

Anaesthetic Technicians employed by Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) have issued notice for a 24-hour strike, planned to start on the morning of Wednesday 5th of December. The strike notice has been issued due to intense frustration at NMDHB’s failure to make any offer in settlement of their collective agreement since bargaining was initiated back in September 2017.

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Waikato DHB Physiotherapists Strike

More than 50 Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Assistants employed by Waikato DHB are set to commence strike action on 19 November at 7.00am. The strike is due to frustration over a failure by Waikato DHB to make any offer in settlement for their collective agreement despite having been in bargaining since April of this year.

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Southland Anaesthetic Technicians to Strike

Anaesthetic Technicians at Southland Hospital have given notice of strike action. The strike will begin in the morning of Thursday 25 October and continue for 24 hours, and will include five of the six technicians employed at the location.

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DHBs Deny New Zealanders Career Opportunities

Anaesthetic Technicians employed at Northland, Lakes and Hawkes Bay District Health Boards are set to strike over the upcoming weeks as this workforce crisis deepens.  DHBs are experiencing up to 30% vacancies and are now looking to recruit from the UK.

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June 2018

June 2018

In this issue of To The Point, we preview the upcoming APEX Delegate Conference and AGM, outline the current state of APEX bargaining amidst the Nurses Organisation negotiations, and summarise the cancellation of Taranaki Lab privatisation. We also review the themes of the recent Nelson-Marlborough DHB stop-work meeting. 

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April 2018

April 2018

In this issue of To The Point, we review the success of stop-work meetings held recently at Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB, take a deep-dive into the ERA’s Code of Good Faith and how it applies to organisations in the health sector, and talk to a CSSD delegate from Hawke’s Bay. Of course, we also review the current status of bargaining across the APEX divisions. 

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January 2018

January 2018

In this issue of To The Point, we take a close look at Kerren Glasson’s case against Southern DHB taken by APEX to the ERA. We also investigate problematic management styles in the Healthcare sector, chat with a Laboratory Scientist delegate, and update you on bargaining.