Nurses have officially announced their intention to strike later this month.
They rejected the latest pay offer from the district health boards last week and have now informed them that they will go on strike for eight hours on August 19.
Over the weekend, Health Minister Andrew Little issued a direct video appeal to end more strike action.
Little stated emphatically that the proposal put to the nurses was one proposed by the unions, and thus the deal nurses rejected was one proposed by their own union.
The Nurses Organisation union (NZNO) agreed to consider the government’s pay offer last month, but it was rejected in a ballot last Thursday.
The NZNO lifted a notice for a 24-hour strike on 29-30 July so members could consider and vote on an amended offer, but strikes planned for 19 August and 9-10 September will go ahead “unless an acceptable offer is made”.
NZNO lead advocate David Wait said that while the DHBs had made promising moves on pay, the offer contained “too many ambiguities”.
More to come…