Requested by: APEX Union | Response provided: 24/12/2019
Category: Hospital Capacity

I write in response to your Official Information Act request, received on 02 December 2019.

You requested the following information:

In relation to the Medical Laboratory Workers (MLW) strike that has taken place on 14 - 15 November 2019:

  1. Any remuneration, including but not limited to incentives, of Laboratory Workers, and any other employee for work carried out as a result of the strike actions, and any additional remuneration to process samples received during the strike action but not processed until after the strike period.
  2. Any ancillary costs incurred by the DHB as a result of the strike action including, but not limited to, meals provided, business-related travel and accommodation and/or alternative days off.
  3. Any costs incurred:
    i. For transportation of samples to other sites for testing,
    ii. Additional storage requirements, including costs related to hire or purchase of refrigerators.
    iii. By loss of samples unable to be processed.
  4. Further to item (1) above, detail of all costs associated with and time spent by any other staff such as administrators, payroll staff and managers undertaking tasks resulting from the strike action including, but not limited to, rescheduling of patients, contingency planning, calculating pay alterations as a result of strike action, drafting communication with the public and other staff regarding the strike.



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