A new multi-employer collective agreement applying to more than 2000 food and service workers at 20 District Health Boards is going through.
Food and service workers have voted for the Meca that runs until June 2018 and includes two, 2 percent wage increases in January 2016 and January 2017 and a new top step of $19.25 per hour.
DHB employment relations group spokeswoman Julie Patterson, who is also chief executive of Whanganui DHB, said the negotiations with the union, E tu, were positive.
Changes to salary scales give employees the opportunity to increase their earnings when they've gained a level-three qualification. There's also a new pay scale for security workers to recognise this particular skill.
Union organiser John Ryall said the negotiations were positive based on the joint commitment of providing a supportive education regime for staff.
The meca also includes a simplified path for dealing with worker misconduct and suspensions.
E tu was created earlier this year by the merger of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and the Service and Food Workers Union.