CDHB Disappointed In Strike Notice
The Canterbury District Health Board is very disappointed that NUPE has decided to issue notice of a five day strike effective from 29 August 2005.
The DHB’s General Manager Hospital & Specialist Service Jock Muir said that although the DHB was yet to receive formal notification of the strike notice, Health Board staff would be developing its contingency plans as soon as possible.
‘Obviously a strike like this affects many patients and we want to minimise this as much as possible. The strike notice affects about 480 of our 8000 staff across mental health, occupational health therapists, dental health, clerical, maintenance and information technology as well as some mortuary technicians.’
‘NUPE is asking for a 30% pay rise which in our current financial climate is an untenable request.’
Mr Muir said he was waiting to receive the formal notification from the union and what mediation steps would be required.