Radiographers throughout New Zealand mentioned that they have withdrawn notices of industrial action after reaching an agreement to continue negotiations with District Health Boards (DHBs) later in April. Employees at each DHB reported taking several degrees of action since late February, from working to rule through to performing strikes, such as a three-day walk-off which postponed some elective surgeries at Auckland Hospital back in March.
The radiographers' union Apex (the Association of Professionals and Executive Employees) is requesting a pay rise of 3% in a new agreement, which it says would come as result to the 3.2% rise in funding which DHBs was granted. Taranaki DHB offered to carry out the increase in June 2009, but negotiations along 20 other DHBs did not succeed to have an agreement. Hawke's Bay DHB chief operating officer Warrick Frater today expressed thanks to the community and staff for their cooperation as the industrial action was reducing services during the last 38 days. However, he hoped the DHB would start clearing its backlog of patients but suggested people to pay a visit to their GP for minor issues in order to avoid the overload on the hospital's emergency department.