NEW ZEALAND: NURSES BARGAIN HARD FOR SAFETY

Nurses, midwives, health care assistants and other staff who work for Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand - say they will continue to bargain hard until their demands to be valued and safe at work are met. Rejecting a pay offer, a resolution agreed by New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) members said they ‘will decide on necessary actions to achieve an acceptable settlement.’ Union delegate Al Dietschin said members were exhausted and burned out from unsafe staffing levels and high patient demand, and that the resolution sends a strong message to Te Whatu Ora that they are not in any mood to accept an offer that does not value them or address their dangerous workplaces.

Source: NZNO news release

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