Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Nurses Vote To Bargain Nationally for Fair Pay

24 May 2004

Nurses Vote To Bargain Nationally for Fair Pay

20,000 nurses and midwives will negotiate nationally to achieve Fair Pay and safe staffing levels after an overwhelming ‘yes’ vote at each of the 21 District Health Boards in a national ballot.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation members voted nearly unanimously in favour of both joining forces and focussing claims in negotiations on achieving Fair Pay and safe staffing levels.

NZNO spokesperson Laila Harré said today the result was an average of 98% in favour across the 21 District Health Boards, ranging from 94% in one DHB to 100% in another. The votes were counted on Friday after 11 days of voting in hospitals around the country.

Laila Harré said strong support was also demonstrated by a strong turnout, particularly in the Auckland area where around 70% of NZNO members participated in the vote.

“This result shows the depth of determination of nurses and midwives to win on the twin issues of Fair Pay and safe staffing in 2004,” said Laila Harré.

“Our members know that they have the best opportunity in more than a generation to win on these issues. The government supports pay equity in the state sector and is in a better financial position to fund fair pay than any previous government. Nurses and midwives are organised, united and determined.

“There is a looming crisis in recruitment and retention with an aging nursing workforce and an aging population. These professions must be made more rewarding and safe if we want to meet our workforce needs in the near future.”

Laila Harré said the pre-negotiation process would begin between NZNO and DHBNZ at the end of May.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news