Te Whatu Ora will start the process of implementing new pay rates for midwives after a Memorandum of Understanding was agreed with Midwifery Employee Representation & Advisory Service (MERAS) and New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and endorsed on 6 July by Te Whatu Ora employed midwives.
“This is a fantastic outcome for our midwives,” says Chief Executive, Fepulea'i Margie Apa.
“The new pay rates will be effective from 4 April 2022, and in addition to the rates, there will be a lump sum payment of $10,000, less any lump sum payments that we have already made as part of the pay equity process.”
Implementation of pay rates means graduate midwives will start work in a public hospital on $72,952 a year before overtime and allowances, and the majority of experienced registered midwives who sit at the top of the scale will be on a base salary of $96,519 before overtime and allowances.
“These pay equity pay increases and lump sum payments are in advance of a final settlement. We are committed to correcting historic undervaluation for our workforce, and this is another step in the right direction.”
The pay equity claim covers work being undertaken by senior midwives, registered midwives, and maternity care assistants employed by Te Whatu Ora.