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NZNO Members Approve Three More Strikes


The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says its
30,000 members working in DHBs have voted in favour of three
more strikes: July 29/30 (24 hours), August 19 (8 hours),
September 9/10 (24 hours). The strike ballot closed at 12
Noon today.

NZNO lead advocate David Wait said the
vote was very high and members clearly remain resolute about
ongoing strike action to achieve the recognition and working
conditions that will ensure nursing remains a viable
profession.

“This is an history-making set of actions
that could take place over the next few months, but we will
be continuing discussions with the DHBs this week and we
remain committed to securing a deal that is acceptable to
our members.”

However, he said the DHBs also seem
willing to actively seek a solution.

“Progress has
been made in our discussions and that has given us some hope
a resolution can be found around pay and safe
staffing.”

Further discussions with the DHBs are set
for later this week, and mediation is scheduled for next
week on 14-15 July.

While he had some optimism about
the progress made, David Wait said the issues facing nursing
staff remain very real.

“We are facing a national
health crisis in terms of safe staffing, recruitment and
retention; and the working conditions our members face can
no longer be endured and that’s why our issues
matter.

David Wait said he had not seen this level of
member determination before, and that if agreement is not
reached, more nurses, midwives, health care assistants and
kaimahi hauora will simply leave the
profession.

“Nursing is a caring profession and it’s
heart-breaking nurses feel so undervalued that they would
choose ongoing strike action. To avoid this, we need the
Government and the DHBs to come up with an offer right now
that truly recognises the contribution nurses make and that
ensures the future of nursing. This is about the wellbeing
and safety of everyone in Aotearoa New
Zealand.”

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