Psychotherapists at Waitemata and Auckland DHBs have made the painful and difficult decision to go on strike for the first time ever.
It is a challenging situation for our colleagues who have only come to this decision after the negotiated agreement was turned down by senior managers.
The terms being negotiated were for the same pay rates as agreed in the PSA meca agreement, but psychotherapists were negotiating about more suitable and relevant conditions around supervision and professional development. They believe these are crucial for professional and safe practice, as well as recruitment and retention.
NZAP supports their stand on these matters.They are represented by APEX and both groups voted unanimously to notify strike action of no client contact for 3 days later this month.
It is not hard to imagine the difficulty our colleagues will have informing vulnerable individuals and groups that the strike is going ahead. It is not easy to make this stand when it disrupts clients’ treatment.
As psychotherapists are a small group within the DHB system, it is important that they receive our encouragement and know we support their stand.
E hoa ma, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.