Role & Function of Unions

Most DHB roles are covered by a collective agreement which a union has negotiated for its members and agreed with the District Health Boards (DHBs).  Any new employees are covered by the terms and conditions of the relevant collective agreement for the first 30 days of employment.

To make it easy for you to understand the role of unions or make enquiries about union membership, we’ve included a list of the unions the DHBs have agreements with.  If you are interested, you can contact them directly about membership using the details below.

Union Contact email Contact phone Website
Association of Professional and Executive Employees 09 526 0280 Click here for a summary APEX flyer
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
Membership Officer:
04 499 1271 Click here for a summary
AWUNZ Sterile Supply Technicians (CMDHB employees only) N/A N/A
E Tū 0800 186 466
First Union 0800 863477
Midwifery Employee Representation & Advisory Service 03 372 9738
NZ Nurses Organisation 0800 283848
NZ Resident Doctors’ Association 0800 803 993
NZ Public Service Association 0508 367772 For a summary click here StartsHealth Sector.pdf
Specialty Trainees of NZ 021 585 466