Nurses overwhelmingly accept final payment offer from DHBs

The nurses accepted the Government’s final proposal as part of the project. protracted negotiations over fees and conditions.

The New Zealand Nurses Organization (NZNO) said in a statement that 83 percent of its members voted in favor of the proposed collective agreement on Friday. The ballot was closed at noon.

The offer came after the nurses strike action initiated earlier this year safety improvements in hospitals. plans for them dismissal canceled in august After New Zealand went into quarantine when the first case of Covid-19 in the current outbreak was discovered.

In July, a clear majority of the NZNO’s 32,000 members employed by district health boards decided to refuse another offer because, according to the union, “chronic and systematic” staffing problems were not addressed.

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Striking nurses gathered outside Palmerston North Hospital in June to support better pay and safer staffing.

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Striking nurses gathered outside Palmerston North Hospital in June to support better pay and safer staffing.

Nurses who are part of the Public Service Association (PSA) Accepted DHB’s offer in September.

The proposal comes after Health Secretary Andrew Little announced that DHBs boards and nurses could begin negotiating overdue pay equality claims, launched three years ago, aimed at correcting gender pay discrimination that is expected to cost “hundreds of millions of dollars”. .

In July, Little refused to take on a nurse’s request to spend at least 10 hours in Middlemore Hospital’s emergency room to see frontline health workers under pressure.

A spokesperson said it would only get ahead of operations at the time, but remains concerned about the workloads facing emergency services (EDs) nationwide.

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