The nurses’ union is ignoring calls to release the results of a secret ballot that endorsed Tuesday’s pay deal.
Members of the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO) are infuriated at the union’s acceptance of the District Health Boards’ collective agreement, and are doubtful of a claimed “overwhelming” majority decision.
It’s incredible that the results of the ballot are hidden from the union’s own members.
National should put up an amendment to the current employment law bill to require unions to disclose the results of all ballots. You may get NZ First voting for it.
Unions get massive powers through state legislation. With those powers should come accountability. If the state grants unions these special powers, then the state should also insist on some accountability.
UPDATE: The NZNO has bowed to pressure and released the results. But really this should be automatic. Members shouldn’t have to wage a campaign just to get transparency.