As it happened: Health Minister Andrew Little responds to nurses rejecting latest pay offer

  • 30/07/2021

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Health Minister Andrew Little is holding a press conference at the Beehive in Wellington to respond to nurses rejecting their latest pay offer. 

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation, which represents nurses paid by District Health Boards (DHBs), voted by a clear majority on Thursday to reject the latest offer.

About 30,000 nurses walked off the job last month for eight hours after negotiations with DHBs turned sour. NZNO asked for a 17 percent increase, but the Government said it couldn't afford it.

Earlier this month Little was pleased when nurses backed down on planned strike action over pay, to return to the negotiation table. They had planned to hold strikes in July, August and September. 

That strike action could be back on the agenda if the Government doesn't address nurses' primary concerns over pay and work safety. 

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