News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Underpaid Oamaru Nurses Strike for Parity

20 October 2003

Underpaid Oamaru Nurses Strike for Parity

Nurses and other health workers at Oamaru Hospital began rolling strike action today to match pay rates elsewhere in the South Island said New Zealand Nurses Organisation CEO Geoff Annals this morning.

The two-hour stoppage from 9am - 11am, was strongly supported by the Oamaru community and a three-hour stoppage is planned for Thursday, with further strikes next week if the dispute is not resolved.

"Our members at Oamaru are paid significantly less than their counterparts ¾ hour up the road in Timaru and elsewhere in the South Island," said Geoff Annals.

Geoff Annals said that although the hospital was administered by the community it was funded through the Otago District Health Board.

"This is fairness issue and a funding issue," said Geoff Annals.

"It is simply not fair for Oamaru nurses and other health workers to lag behind their neighbours while others employed directly by the Otago DHB are paid more."

Geoff Annals said NZNO was available at any time to get back to the negotiations table or return to mediation to resolve the dispute.

"In a small community such as Oamaru, it takes a lot for nurses and other health workers to walk off the job," he said.

"The fact that strike action is planned for a further four days demonstrates how strongly our members feel."


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


A Matter Of Fact: Truth In A Post-Truth World

How do we convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation? And conversely, how do we challenge our own pre-conceived notions of what we believe to be true? More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: The Road To Unfreedom

Valerie Morse: Yale professor of history Tim Snyder publishes a stunning account of the mechanisms of contemporary Russian power in US and European politics. In telling this story he presents both startling alarms for our own society and some mechanisms of resistance. More>>


Doing Our Bit: An Insider's Account Of New Zealand Political Campaigning

In 2013, Murdoch Stephens began a campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota. Over the next five years he built the campaign into a mainstream national movement – one that contributed to the first growth in New Zealand’s refugee quota in thirty years. More>>

Te Papa: Two Reviews Into Care For Collections

Te Papa will take additional time to consider the best way to deliver its collections care function, including undertaking an independent review into the care of its natural history collections. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland