Midwives reach settlement after months of negotiations

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Midwives working in the public sector have reached a settlement with the government.

Their union, Meras, said members had voted overwhelmingly for an offer boosting most salaries by 17.5 percent next year.

Midwifery graduates will start on nearly $60,000 a year from next August.

The union's co-leader, Jill Ovens, said the sector had finally been recognised by district health boards as a profession in its own right.

Meras will also be signing an accord with the government aimed at ensuring safe and sustainable staffing levels.

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