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.
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.