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DHBs will not be held to ransom
DHBs will not be held to ransom by the actions of a small group of health workers, says DHB spokesperson Karen Roach, in response to claims from the union representing medical radiation technologists (MRTs), the Association of Professional and Executive Employees (APEX).
“While APEX persists in talking about a supposed $200,000 gap between the parties, DHBs have always been clear with the union that the difference between the parties is far greater than this. The ongoing cost implication of what the union is demanding is up to 82% higher than DHBs can afford,” says Karen Roach.
“There are two parties in this employment relationship. DHBs have been extraordinarily clear in their responses to the union’s claims. The union and its members have no interest in accepting the DHBs’ arguments and continue to engage in unproductive behaviour.”
MRTs have been offered a fair and reasonable pay rise, consistent with the settlement that has been acceptable to 90% of the DHB workforce.
“This union just wants more,” says Karen Roach. “In the face of their recalcitrance, DHBs withdrew the offer that had been on the table for months. We have, however, repeatedly said to the union that we are prepared to consider any proposal that it has for settlement that meets the interests of both parties. APEX has failed to respond positively to multiple invitations.
“DHBs have done their best to prioritise the money that is available to settle the collective agreement against the union’s claims. The offer we made is a settlement that is affordable and reflects what is fair across the entire DHB workforce. The union continues to ignore the DHBs’ concerns around affordability.”