Nurses Union unfairly representing members

Members of the Nurses Union are complaining that they are being unfairly represented. The Owl thinks they are right…and also reports that members should be looking closely at the large losses their union is recording.

Nurses Union members are absolutely right – Observation by the Owl

Union members of the NZ Nurses Organisation have complained to Family First about their executive promoting political agendas and not fairly representing them. This story was reported in the NZ Herald on Sunday.

These Nurses who are members of the Union are absolutely right and should be applauded.

The 2011 Financial Accounts show that the NZNO received $16,437,311.00 in subscriptions and other income. Expenditure for 2011 is as follows by the Union:









Legal Fees




Affiliations and Subscriptions


Colleges and Sections




Sub Total


Members expenditure (2%)


Total Expenditure


Reported Loss ($674,687.00)

Observation by the Owl

These Union members are correct and should be applauded. New Zealanders “love” nurses and they do a terrific job. Health Services is a complex industry and the NZNO offers a variety of services to its members though the Ministry of Health also provides an equal amount of investment in education, training, Health and Safety. Why does the NZNO Union have to run marriage equality campaigns, No selling of assets and a number of other political campaigns? Is it because they are affiliated to the NZCTU?

Section 6.1.10 of the NZNO Constitution reads under its objectives:

“6.1.10 Affiliate with other organisations in the attainment of these objectives except that NZNO shall not affiliate to any political party; and”

The NZNO is affiliated to the NZ Council of Trade Unions which is clearly affiliated with the Labour Party. The NZNO website has a number of NZCTU approved videos and campaign slogans.

Based on this these Union members are right and should be heard and their complaint taken seriously.

However it got me thinking about how the Owl would spend $16M for the Nurses.



Staff and Vehicles (Awards and support)


Premises (Based in 8 Regions in NZ)


Legal Fees (Medical industry is tricky)


General  (Rates Insurance overheads)


Colleges and Sections (Increase investment)


Other (Publications and communication)





Owls Investment Plan for Members


Super Funds


Medical Insurance


Funeral Insurance


Buy Nurses Holiday Homes (4 a year)


Scholarships and Grants


Total Investment for Members


Holiday homes, insurance subsidies and scholarships and grants – now that is a union I would invest/pay my union dues too.

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