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Resident Medical Officers who are members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association have voted in favour of accepting the recommendations from the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) concerning their multi-employer collective agreement (MECA).

The offer follows 11 days of facilitation with the ERA over two months.

“We acknowledge the assistance of the ERA that led to the offer that was made,” says David Munro, Senior Advocate for the NZRDA.

“The ERA’s recommendations included a new change management process ensuring the NZRDA and it’s members are fully involved in any proposal to change working arrangements,” says David Munro.

The vote comes after months of negotiations and a series of strikes since the beginning of the year as resident doctors fought to protect the conditions and limits in their MECA around the way they work. These included the number of day shifts, night shifts and hours in a row they can work.

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