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Workers at large community nursing and homecare provider on strike

Members of the Public Service Association have gone out on a week-long strike to protest “a decade of erosion of their pay rates,” says Kerry Davies, PSA national secretary. The Nurse Maude Care Coordination in Porirua and the Hutt Valley, where they work, is managed by a nonprofit, “The situation for administrators is so dire that many of them are on pay levels below the Living Wage. Their colleagues are standing together to fight for the recognition and pay they deserve,” says Davies.

Source: The New Zealand Public Service Association - Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi

Whangārei Hospital staffers walk off the job to demand better pay and conditions

As the pay gap between private sector and public sector anaesthetic technicians widens, Whangārei Hospital staffers walk off the job to demand better pay and conditions. “Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff (APEX) union representative Dr. Deborah Powell told Morning Report 20 surgeries had been cancelled over the last two months because of short staffing. "At the moment surgery is getting cancelled to a population that deserves better, so we're taking a stand to get the situation rectified,” she said. "We have to retain our guys and we need to recruit more." She said it was up to the DHB to bridge the gap between what it was paying its anaesthetic staff and what the private sector was offering, which at present amounted to a $30,000 difference.”

Tararanki District Health Board has finally put the brakes on its attempt to privatize its hospital laboratory

Senior doctors are relieved that the Tararanki District Health Board “has finally put the brakes on its attempt to privatize its hospital laboratory after dragging its heels on the matter,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “ASMS was taking legal action against Taranaki DHB on this matter with the Employment Relations Authority because the laboratory service is so critical to clinical decision-making of hospital specialists and the provision of quality care to patients. In trying to push privatization through, the DHB breached its engagement obligations under our national collective agreement.”

Source: New Zealand Doctor