Midwifery Employee representation and Advisory Service Rolling Strike
Thursday 22 November to Wenesday December 2018
Members of the Midwifery Employee Representation Service (MERAS) will start the first of a series of strikes tomorrow, from 11.01am to 1.01pm and 8pm to 10pm.
The strikes will take place for two hours each day, from Thursday, 22 November to Wednesday, 5 December at all DHBs around the country.
This means that midwives who are members of MERAS and are employed at Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) will be taking industrial action during the strike periods. The industrial action does not include self-employed midwives: Lead Maternity Carers and midwives who are not members of MERAS.
Counties Manukau DHB has a deep respect for our midwives. They are a highly valued part of our workforce, committed to caring for our patients. We respect their right to take industrial action and know the decision to take industrial action is a very difficult one for each individual to make.
The DHBs are committed to finding a solution that will work for everyone.
Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our mothers and babies through this period. All acute services will be available during the strike period.
Planning for Strike Action
We are ensuring that we have contingency plans in place to provide essential and life preserving services.
There is a process agreed with the MERAS for contingency planning and the 20 DHBs have been working with its teams for some time.
We will continue to operate essential maternity care throughout the strike; our mothers and babies’ safety remains the DHB’s top priority.
If it is an emergency, call 111 immediately.
Mothers and Babies
The safety and wellbeing of our mothers and babies, is our top priority.
Acute services will be available during the strike period
Some non-urgent appointments may be rescheduled and we will be contacting the mothers who may be affected by this industrial action directly. We are also encouraging mothers-to-be to contact your midwife if you are uncertain or have concerns.
Please feel free to contact the Help Desk 0800 277 1661 if you need more information.
For the latest news on the MERAS Strike, please click here.