The decision on whether or not to negotiate an MECA is first made by a vote of the union members. All union members covered by the safeguard clause in the collective agreement have the opportunity to participate in the vote. Each group of workers employed by an employer decides whether their employer should be included in the MECA. As soon as this is completed, the Union will enter into negotiations with employers for whom workers voted for inclusion in the MECA. DHB Medical Laboratory Workers and APEX members NZ Blood Service voted to launch a pro-long national strike campaign that will begin on February 10, 2020 and run until May 5, 2020. The action is different and is intended to put pressure on employers to return to the bargaining table with a fair offer to settle their MECA (multi-employer collective agreement). These include the refusal to carry out certain tests, the refusal to customize phleotomy races, the refusal to answer phones and the refusal to accept laboratory tests generated by the Community. An AEC agreement or collective agreement is the term used to describe a situation in which a certain number of workers participate in an identical agreement – that is, they are subject to the same conditions and are also entitled to the same contractual rights. In New Zealand, collective agreements are recognized as binding and enforceable by the Employment Relations Act 2000. Collective agreements are categorized according to the configuration of the contracting parties and consist of two forms: meCA or SECA (see below). As a worker, you are bound either by an IEA (also known as the individual work agreement, the parties are the individual worker and the employer (not the union) or an AEC.
The collective nature of employment contracts depends on a number of advantages, first with the strength and security in numbers. Increased workloads in district health units and the loss of high-level clinical psychologists led to national strikes among hundreds of APEX union members starting in July. Waikato DHB says health services, the union and psychologists hope to reach an agreement early in the new year. Psychologists went on strike to draw attention to the lack of thought and encourage DHBs and the government to act, according to APEX statements. The DHB is considering a proposal for the collective agreement after facilities, APEX said. Prior to the Employment Contracts Act, MECAs (or their equivalents) were commonplace and, in the health sector, they were probably the main form of the employment agreement or allocation, as they were then called. Multi-employer agreements, in one way or another, have been the dominant medium on which terms of employment have been negotiated for about 100 years since the introduction of New Zealand`s first industrial legislation, the Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act in 1894.