Physiotherapists go on strike after Waikato DHB fails to make an offer

More than 50 Waikato DHB physiotherapists will go on strike on Monday after a collective agreement couldn't be reached with the health board.

The physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants will walk off the job for 24 hours from 7am, with members angry the Waikato DHB didn't put forward any offer to reach a settlement.

APEX, the union that represents the physiotherapists, has been bargaining with the health board since April.

Luke Coxon, an advocate for APEX, said it was "extremely disappointing" the DHB hadn't presented anything.

"The continued delays have been holding up the bargaining process and have left our members in abeyance," said Mr Coxon.

He said the health board suggested it would put forward an offer on Thursday last week, but nothing came.

"APEX has been available to attend mediation since the issuing of the strike notice but the DHB opted not to attend last week prior to the strike," said Mr Coxon.

It comes after primary school teachers walked off the job last week, while nurses, Ministry of Justice employees, midwives, bus drivers, tomato growers and IRD staff have all recently gone on strike.