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Laboratory Workers Accept DHBs' Offer

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Karen Roach
Karen Roach

District Health Boards are delighted laboratory workers have accepted an employment offer, ending a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

"This is good news indeed for patients, laboratory workers and all DHB staff," says DHBs' spokesperson Karen Roach.

"We've agreed on arrangements that are fair and consistent and in line with other settlements in the sector."

DHBs have been negotiating with the New Zealand Medical Laboratory Workers Union (NZMLWU), which represents laboratory workers in 12 DHBs and the New Zealand Blood Service, for 14 months.

The DHBs' offer included:

A single collective employment contract with a 25 month term.

Adjustments to annual leave, long service leave, and on-call allowance rates.

Two wage increases of 1 percent in December 2010, then a further 1.5 percent in March 2011.

"We are pleased that laboratory workers have recognised that this is an agreement that is affordable and fair in comparison to those already reached with over 90 percent of the health workforce," says Mrs Roach.

"This stable agreement means the public can have faith and confidence that there will not be any disruptions to laboratory and blood services in the near future."

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