Apex Meca Agreement
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. 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. Under the Employment Relations Act 2000, collective bargaining can only take place through a registered union such as APEX. Under this act, a union can decide whether it wants a collective agreement for more than one employer, hence the MECA. 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. Psychologists face a number of opportunities and challenges, including the growing demand for their services and the growing recognition of the importance of conversation therapies, both in physical health and in education. However, the acquisition of the profession does not keep up with the demand for psychological services. APEX Medical Physicists MECA 1 Sept 2018 to August 31, 2021 MERAS Midwife N pathogens Worker representation and consulting services Resident Medical Officers SToNZ December 10, 2018 to December 9, 2020 SECA represents Single Employer Collective Agreement and, unlike a MECA (see above), it has only one employer party. SECAs are more common than A.M. and can include any number of members. Laboratory physicians January 1, 2020 – 31 Dec 2020 Evidence suggests that more specialized, secondary, evidence-based psychological treatments are needed to reduce the number of suicides in New Zealand.