Pay equity

Pay equity claims have been raised by unions on behalf of Te Whatu Ora employees working in the following areas:

  • Clerical and Administration (PSA)
  • Allied, Scientific and Technical (PSA and APEX)
  • Nursing (NZNO and PSA)
  • Midwifery (MERAS and NZNO)
  • Librarians and Interpreters (PSA)

A pay equity claim covers all employees who are doing the same or similar work, regardless union affiliation or their type of employment agreement.

The union(s) that raised the pay equity claim represent all employees covered by the claim, even if they aren’t union members.

Te Whatu Ora must provide the union(s) with the names and contact details of affected employees, so they can keep people updated on the progress.

Administration and Clerical Pay Equity Settlement

In 2022, the PSA and Te Whatu Ora agreed a pay equity settlement for clerical and administration roles employed within Te Whatu Ora. The details of settlement can be found here:

Administration and Clerical Pay Equity Settlement Agreement (PDF, 3.97MB)
Last updated 7 July 2022

Find more information about Administration and Clerical Pay Equity

Nursing

Te Whatu Ora, NZNO and PSA worked jointly to complete a pay equity assessment process and in December 2021 an agreement in principle was reached for a pay equity settlement.

Te Whatu Ora has started planning to process pay rises for its nursing workforce after the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) made an interim order.

Find more information about how Te Whatu Ora prepares to implement new pay equity rates

Midwifery

Midwifery pay equity

Employees covered by the midwifery pay equity claim voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed midwifery pay equity settlement.

For All People Covered by the Midwifery Pay Equity Claim

In the recent vote, employees covered by the midwifery pay equity claim voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed pay equity settlement

Details of the Settlement

The settlement includes:

Lump Sum in Recognition of Work from 1 January 2020 to 3 April 2022

In addition to the previous lump sum payments already received, an additional lump sum payment of $15,000 (gross, pro-rated) would be paid within four months of settlement. 

This payment would be prorated based on service over the period 1 January 2020 to 3 April 2022, and by the greater of full-time equivalent hours (FTE) as at 3 April 2022 or actual hours worked hours worked up to 1.0 FTE, excluding overtime and callback, for the period 1 January 2020 to 3 April 2022.

Employees who left their employment between 1 January 2020 and 3 April 2022 are eligible for a portion of this payment (prorated as above) but will need to complete the required process which will be outlined on the Te Whatu Ora website.


Pay rates

Amended rates should begin to be paid within six weeks of the settlement being approved. 

The amended pay rates will be back paid to 4 April 2022 on the basis of actual hours worked including overtime and call back payments up to 1 FTE.

In the agreed settlement, employees on Step 1, Grade 3 of the Senior Midwifery scale will translate to Step 2, Grade 3 upon the Settlement Date and will receive backpay to 4 April 2022 in accordance with the criteria above on the basis of this new rate.

The back pay on the amended rates should be processed and paid within four months of the settlement.

Staff who were employed between 4 April 2022 and the date of implementation of new rates who have subsequently left Te Whatu Ora, can claim back pay for their eligible service during that time span.

Former Employees Application Form can be found here

Full and Final Settlement

The agreed settlement is a formal Pay Equity Claim Settlement under the Equal Pay Act.

It is a full and final settlement of all other disputes and the litigation in the Employment Relations Authority.

The full Terms of Settlement can be viewed here..

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Click here to review a range of questions and answers on the nursing pay equity settlement.

Former Employees Application Form can be found here

More information

If you would like more information, please contact the unions:

  • MERAS 03 372 9738
  • NZNO 0800 28 38 48

Allied, Scientific and Technical Pay Equity Claim Settlement

For All People Covered by the Allied, Scientific and Technical Pay Equity Claim

Employees covered by the Allied, Scientific and Technical Pay Equity Claim have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Allied, Scientific and Technical pay equity settlement.


Who is covered by the Pay Equity claim?  

The work covered by the Claim is all roles within the Allied, Scientific, and Technical workforce employed by Te Whatu Ora. The Claim also covers the work of employees of Te Whatu Ora whose work is the same or substantially similar to this work, but which is referred to with an alternative title.

Who is impacted by the Settlement?

The settlement applies to all roles covered by the Allied pay equity claim, however the below 5 occupational groups did not have sex-based undervaluation established during the Pay Equity process.

  1. Sonographers
  2. Psychologists
  3. Medical Physicists
  4. MRI and Nuclear Medicine
  5. Perfusionists

As sex-based undervaluation was not established for these five occupational groups, there is no change to their existing salary scales or terms and conditions of employment.

Any following details of the settlement including new salary scales and associated terms and conditions of employment do not apply to these 5 occupational groups.

Summary of Settlement

The settlement agreement includes the following key areas that will apply to roles where undervaluation has been established:

Interim Adjustment

An interim adjustment of $4,000 applied to base salary as of 30 November 2022. Employees will receive backpay to take account of this interim adjustment.

The interim adjustment will be applied from 30 November 2022 until 31 May 2023 (new pay equity rates to come into effect on 1 June 2023).

Individuals no longer employed by Te Whatu Ora but who were employed by Te Whatu Ora in an undervalued occupational group at any time during the period 30 November 2022 to 1 June 2023 are eligible for backpay but will need to complete the required process outlined in the FAQ document.

Lump Sum in Recognition of Past Work

A lump sum payment of $10,000 (gross, pro-rated based on service and FTE) will be paid in recognition of past work. 

Individuals no longer employed by Te Whatu Ora but who were employed by Te Whatu Ora in an undervalued occupational group at any time during the period 1 June 2023 to the Settlement Date are eligible for a portion of this payment (prorated as above) but will need to complete the required process which will be outlined in the FAQ document.

New Pay Scales

The settlement includes new national salary scales for Allied, Scientific, and Technical roles in the undervalued occupational groups.

The three new salary scales are:

  1. Clinical/degree-qualified core salary scale
  2. Clinical/degree-qualified designated salary scale
  3. Technical/non-degree-qualified core and designated salary scale

The new salary scales and associated terms and conditions will apply from 1 June 2023 and will replace the existing scales for all Allied, Scientific, and Technical roles in the undervalued occupational groups.

The new salary scales and associated terms and conditions, including progression rules, can be found in the Pay Equity Settlement Agreement (PDF, 4.6MB).

The method of translation of existing scale and step placement to the new salary scales: Translation Plan (XLSX, 67 KB)

GEPP (PDF, 651KB)

Review Clause

There is an agreed mechanism to ensure sex-based undervaluation does not come back into the pay of the Allied, Scientific and Technical workforce. The first review will occur no later than two years after the Settlement Date.

Full and Final Settlement

The settlement is a formal Pay Equity Claim Settlement under the Equal Pay Act 1972. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Review a range of questions and answers on the settlement.

FAQs (DOCX, 994KB)

If you have further questions, contact the unions:

  • PSA – 0508 367 772
  • APEX – (09) 526 0280

Former Employees Application Form (DOCX, 101KB) 

Librarians and Interpreters

Librarian and Interpreters Pay Equity Claim Settlement

For All People Covered by the Librarian and Interpreters Pay Equity Claim

In a recent ballot, our Librarian and Interpreter staff voted in favour of the proposed Librarian and Interpreter pay equity settlement. The settlement is an agreement between PSA and Te Whatu Ora to settle the pay equity claim for this group.

Who is covered by the Pay Equity claim?

All Te Whatu Ora employed Librarians, Sole Charge Librarians, Library Managers and Interpreters who have not opted out are covered by the claim.

Summary of Settlement

The settlement agreement includes the following key areas:

Lump Sum in Recognition of Delay in Reaching Settlement

A lump sum payment of $10,000 (gross, pro-rated based on service and FTE) would be paid in recognition of the delay in reaching settlement. 

Individuals no longer employed by Te Whatu Ora but who were employed by Te Whatu Ora in a role covered by the claim at any time in the period from 1 June 2023 to the Settlement Date are eligible for a portion of this payment but will need to complete the required former employee form below.

New Pay Scales

The settlement includes new national salary scales for Librarians, Sole Charge Librarians, Library Managers and Interpreters.

The new pay structure and associated terms and conditions would apply from 1 June 2023 and would replace the existing scales for all Te Whatu Ora employed Librarians, Sole Charge Librarians, Library Managers and Interpreters covered by the claim.

Individuals no longer employed by Te Whatu Ora, or individuals who leave the employment of Te Whatu Ora prior to the implementation of the new rates, who were employed by Te Whatu Ora in a role covered by the claim at any time in the period from 1 June 2023 are eligible for back pay on the new rates. Individuals in these situations will need to complete the required former employee form below.

Librarians' salary scales:

     Library Manager
Step 3 $98,274
Step 2 $95,274
Step 1 $92,274

 

     Sole Charge Librarian
Step 3 $95,274
Step 2 $92,274
Step 1 $88,774

 

    Librarian
Step 7 $92,274
Step 6 $88,774
Step 5 $85,274
Step 4 $81,774
Step 3 $78,274
Step 2 $73,774
Step 1 $69,274

Interpreters' salary scale:

Step Rate
Step 5 $80,193
Step 4 $76,374
Step 3 $72,737
Step 2 $69,273
Step 1 $65,975

 

Further details on progression and step placement translation to new salary scales can be found in the Agreement in Principle below.

Review Clause

There is an agreed mechanism to ensure sex-based undervaluation does not come back into the pay of the Librarian and Interpreter workforces. The first review will occur no later than two years after the Settlement Date.

Full and Final Settlement

The settlement is a formal Pay Equity Claim Settlement under the Equal Pay Act 1972. 

Agreement in Principle

Librarians and Interpreters in principle settlement agreement (PDF, 598KB)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Questions and answers on the settlement. (DOCX, 1.02MB)

If you have further questions, contact the unions:

  • PSA – 0508 367 772

Former Employee Form

Please complete and return to the relevant District contact detailed on the form:

Application for Previous Employees Form To Complete (DOCX, 101KB)

More information

For more information about a claim, please contact the relevant union.

Claim Union Contact information Website
Clerical and Administration PSA dhbep@psa.org.nz psa.org.nz
Nursing NZNO dhbpayequity@nzno.org.nz nzno.org.nz
PSA dhbep@psa.org.nz psa.org.nz
Midwives NZNO dhbpayequity@nzno.org.nz nzno.org.nz
MERAS merasmembership@meras.co.nz meras.midwife.org.nz
Allied, Scientific, and Technical PSA AlliedPayEquity@psa.org.nz psa.org.nz
APEX ask@apex.org.nz apex.org.nz