July 11, 2018
Nurses to strike despite increased offer
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says he's surprised and disappointed nurses have opted for strike action despite the district health boards upping their offer.
A majority of Nurses Organisation members voted to down tools for 24 hours from 7am Thursday despite a recommendation from the union that they accept the imnproved offer, which included a lump sum of up to $2000, three 3 per cent pay rises for all members, and $38 million in funding for DHBs to hire about 500 new nurses to address staffing issues.
Mr Jackson says the government isn't giving up trying to find a solution.
"The kōrero has to continue. We might be able to get there yet, but I'm really proud of what we've done as a Government in responding to the nurses and the claims and I'm so surprised they would look to strike now and did nothing in terms of a previous Government that did nothing for them," he says.
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