As we fast approach the festive season members still do not have an acceptable offer from CHT to vote on.
At Stop Work meetings in November members voted on a clear resolution that:
“Union members at CHT commit to protecting our Collective Agreement. We will not accept any reduction in our terms and conditions. This is not just for us but for future CHT staff that come after us. We commit to undertaking collective action in support of maintaining the current overtime clause.”
Based on the resolution and the strong feelings of union members, your negotiating team attended mediation with CHT in the hopes of being able to strike a deal that maintained your rights to overtime.
Unfortunately, we are still far away from CHT on this issue.
In the meantime, CHT has gone ahead and paid out increases to wages and penal rates that have not been agreed or ratified by union members. As you know, any Collective Agreement must be ratified by members through a vote where majority decides to accept or reject an offer.
We do not think it is right for your employer to shortcut this process and pay out increases before we have voted and settled the Collective Agreement. It’s your agreement and it’s your decision.
The feedback we have received from our Stop Work is that Health Care Assistants are not happy with the 3 percent pay offer and as mentioned, members are unhappy with any proposed reduction to their right to overtime.
Open Letter to CHT Care Homes
E tū and NZNO members at CHT Care Homes are asking their employer for respect and dignity by paying the 5% funding uplift to all union members.
You can show your support by printing the Open Letter and getting your care home members to sign it. Return the signed copy to firstname.lastname@example.org