The strikes scheduled for tomorrow by OCS contracted service workers at Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa DHBs have been cancelled.
This follows agreement between E tū and OCS on the proposed terms and conditions of a new collective agreement for the workers, which is based on the DHB Multi-Employer Collective Agreement, or MECA, settled for directly employed service workers and signed off before Christmas.
The MECA sets the conditions for 4000 hospital service workers and includes pay rises of up to 40 percent over the next three years.
E tū Industry Coordinator, Sam Jones says the agreement was reached after mediation and talks late last week between E tū and OCS.
He says OCS subsequently confirmed funding arrangements with their DHBs clients to get a deal ahead of the strike.
“After a lengthy period of frustrating delays our members’ determination to push for a deal got results,” says Sam.
“They were prepared to strike to get a settlement and they have succeeded. Without that, I think we’d all still be waiting. So, this is great for them,” he says.
Sam says the members will vote on the proposed settlement over the coming fortnight.
For further information, contact:
Sam Jones, E tū Industry Coordinator ph. 027 544 8563