13th February, 2019
MERAS, the union representing midwives, has withdrawn its strike for Nelson-Marlborough DHB in light of the continuing state of emergency.
Industrial co-leader Jill Ovens says the union recognises the stress that our members, women, and the community have been through and that this is continuing.
“We have heard from members who have been volunteering to help in the community, supporting those affected by the fires in practical ways, and they felt strongly that we should cancel the strike,” Ms Ovens said.
9th February, 2019
“If you love your Mama, march with midwives next week”.
That’s the call from midwives planning a symbolic hikoi starting in the North and the South, moving towards Parliament over four days from next Monday (11 Feb) to Thursday (14 Feb).
1st February, 2019
The midwives’ union, MERAS, is cautiously optimistic following a positive session of the full negotiating teams in facilitation today. MERAS industrial co-leader, Jill Ovens, says a counter-offer to their proposal has been made by the…
30th January, 2019
DHB-employed Midwives to Strike Again The midwives’ union MERAS has issued strike notices for 12-hour strikes from 9am-9pm, on 11-14 February. At issue is the DHBs refusal to acknowledge the responsibilities and skills of midwives,…
24th January, 2019
The New Zealand College of Midwives President, Deb Pittam, is delighted to announce the appointment of Alison Eddy as the next Chief Executive for the College. Alison will start in her new role on the 23rd January 2019. The position was widely advertised and attracted a high calibre of applicants.
“The profession is privileged to have a midwife of this calibre who is willing to keep supporting and leading the profession to maintain its special role in the lives of New Zealand’s women and their families,” says Deb.
22nd November, 2018
Jill Ovens, MERAS Co-Leader, talks to Radio New Zealand – see the written story here https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/376502/striking-midwives-promising-maximum-disruption