5. Nurses vote to strike

Nurses have issued strike notice. Photo: John Sefton

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has given notice to district health boards that nurses will strike next month.

It will be the first nurses strike since 1989 and comes after nurses and midwives rejected a $550 million offer from DHBs. Health Minister David Clark said the offer was the extent of the funding that could be offered.

Nurses will strike for 24 hours on July 5th from 7am. Notice was given today, although nurses had voted in May to strike. Today’s issuing of notice comes after the news on Monday that nurses had rejected the latest offer from DHBs for improved wages and conditions, reported on Newsroom here.

Nurses could still give notice of a second strike for July 12 on June 27.

DHBs had already made preparations for a strike scenario and sources say that today’s issuing of notice was expected.

The strike could still be avoided if mediation is successful.