News > MERAS represents employed midwives

10 April 2018

Information for Media

Employed Midwives – which union represents them.

In some media stories about the NZNO MECA (multi-employer collective employment agreement) negotiations and industrial action mention is being made at times about ‘nurses and midwives’.

MERAS would like to clarify that the majority of hospital employed midwives across the country are NOT members of NZNO and will not be involved in the NZNO industrial action. Most hospital employed midwives are members of MERAS.

MERAS is a union led by midwives for midwives that only represents employed midwives. MERAS has currently suspended its MECA negotiations and will recommence these once NZNO settle their agreement.

MERAS is affiliated to New Zealand College of Midwives.

The issues for Midwifery are different to those of nursing.

If you want any statements or comment about hospital employed midwives please contact:

Caroline Conroy MERAS Co-Leader (Midwifery)

027 6888 372

For Professional issues about Midwifery please contact:

Karen Guilliland

CEO New Zealand College of Midwives

03 377 2732