29 Sep 2010

Breakthrough in junior doctors' pay talks

10:27 pm on 29 September 2010

A breakthrough appears to have been reached in tense pay talks between junior hospital doctors and their employers.

Both sides in the pay and conditions row have ended a second day of talks in Auckland on Wednesday.

District health boards have said significant changes are needed to the collective employment contract covering New Zealand's 3100 junior doctors, but the doctors have resisted, saying it would amount of a clawback of conditions.

All both sides would say after the talks on Wednesday is that the DHBs made an offer which is to be put to members of the Resident Doctors' Association.

Neither would comment on whether the DHBs are offering a 2% rise as a variation under the current contract.

The union says it will ballot members for their views and that will take at least two weeks.

The union's national president, Curtis Walker, says there will be no strike action in the meantime.