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

 

Oamaru Hospital staff to strike over pay


Oamaru Hospital staff to strike over pay

Support staff at Waitaki Health Services Ltd (Oamaru Hospital) will be holding two 24-hour strikes over the next few days.

The strikes follow a breakdown in negotiations between Compass group and The Service and Food Workers Union - Nga Ringa Tota (SFWU), who are unhappy that they have not received the national payrates and conditions, which all other hospital service workers received earlier this year.

The workers are employed in kitchen services, cleaning, orderly services and security. Although the staff work for Compass Group (a contractor), the funding for the hospital comes from Otago District Health Board. All the doctors, nurses and radiographers in the Oamaru Hospital are employed on terms and conditions that reflect the national agreements that cover those groups in the public hospitals.

"Our members are saying that they shouldn't be discriminated against, and as the lowest paid workers in the hospital, they need a good increase more than any others!", said Southern Regional Secretary Campbell Duignan.

"Our members at Oamaru Hospital feel outraged that there is allegedly no additional funding available from Otago District Health Board when the DHB have just managed to find an additional $60,000 pay increase for their CEO! That increase would be more than double what most of our members earn annually so it really hurts them!"

The first 24-hour strike will start at 6am on Friday 22 August, ending at 6am the following day (Saturday 23 August). A further strike will follow on Monday at 6am.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland