ADVOCACY ADVICE AND SUPPORT
There are a number of advantages of RDA membership. As a member you will receive all the benefits of belonging to a professional and employment related union including advocacy advice and support related to employment issues that may arise including contract compliance or enforcement and representation if so required. Personal and professional support through the RDA can be accessed 24/7. The union and the DHBs do work together. However, the act of DHBs dishonouring your contract is not uncommon and as with any job, employment issues can and do arise.
If you are a non-member, unfortunately the RDA cannot provide you with assistance. You cannot sign up at the time an issue arises. You must already be a member (for at least 3 months) in order to receive any advice and representation from us (kind of like employment insurance). If you are not sure whether or not you are already a member with the RDA or if you have any other membership queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out.
REPRESENTATION OF RMOs
The RDA represents RMOs on a wide range of issues for example: we sit on the HWNZ Medical Reference Group which operates to ensure all TIs get a job as a first year. We also work with the MCNZ as well as DHBs and other professional bodies on issues such as pre-vocational training, bullying and sexual harassment of RMOs and workload and supervision pressure that will directly affect you as an RMO.
There are more than 350,000 employees in union membership across New Zealand. Almost 100,000 of these union members are employees working in the health and community sector. The RDA is the only organisation in New Zealand solely representing the interests of RMOs (SMOs are represented by the ASMS union).
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
The current employment terms and conditions of RMOs in New Zealand have only come about due to strong collective action. In order to maintain and improve these terms and conditions we need to have high levels of RMO membership.