Nurses release details of latest DHB pay offer

Nurses release details of latest DHB pay offer
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Nurses have released the details of a revised pay offer from DHBs, which they are set to vote on over the next week.

The offer came out of facilitation between the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and DHBs with the Employment Relations Authority.

NZNO recommended the offer to members, and a strike planned for July 5 was cancelled so a vote could take place, but a strike notice remains in force for July 12.

Industrial services manager Cee Payne says the revised offer meets nurses' priorities in terms of pay, pay equity and safe staffing levels.

"A primary reason we recommend the offer is because it addresses the historical undervaluing of nurses and midwives. We are determined to see nursing in New Zealand become, once again, a rewarding and attractive profession that people wish to join and grow a career in," Ms Payne says in a statement.

The offer reshuffles $38 million in funding to alleviate staff shortages from July 1, with each DHB receiving funding for staffing at hospitals and in the community. It also includes a commitment to implementing pay equity by December 31, 2019.

Online voting on whether to accept the offer opens on Tuesday, July 3 and closes on Monday, July 9.

NZNO has rejected three DHB offers since negotiations began in June last year.