DHB workers win Living Wage

Delegate Leanne Terris (centre) and Hutt Valley DHB cleaners celebrate

The Living Wage rate of $22.75 is now the starting rate for members at DHBs across Aotearoa, with 8–13% pay increases for all workers during its three-year term.

E tū service workers have renewed their multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) with pay rises, enhanced sick leave, and a new allowance for those who train (buddy) new workmates.

Another key win has been a Te Tiriti clause, which recognises employer’s obligations to Māori workers, including giving powers to ensure that tikanga is upheld when decisions are made.

E tū delegate Leanne Terriss, who works as a cleaner at Hutt Valley DHB, says the new collective is “fantastic”.

“All the members love it, agree with it, and are happy with it. It was a really good win.”

Working groups have also been formed to look at ongoing issues, such as the laundering of uniforms, and must meet within one year of the collective’s ratification.

This win sets the standard for bargaining with the DHB contractors, which kicks off in May.