February 21, 2022
Health strike in Government hands
A union organiser says stopping next month’s strikes of critical health staff is in the Government’s hands.
Will Matthews says mediation between the Public Service Association and district health boards failed to resolve concerns about wages, pay disparities, safe workloads and staff retention.
The 10,000 public health, scientific and technical professionals voted by 93 per cent to strike.
He says DHBs have been caught out by the Government’s wage restraint policy.
“They don’t want these critical workers to be out for a day. The workers don’t either. There’s an easy resolution here and all it requires is for the Government to just shift a bit,” Mr Matthews says.
The strikes are set for March 4 and 18.