The Government has cast doubt on the claim that aged care homes will be negatively affected by its pay deal with nurses, Thomas Coughlan reports.
The settlement between hospital nurses and their district health board employers - coupled with current immigration settings - adds to growing pressure in the retirement sector and if steps aren't taken people may eventually have to be turned away, says Summerset Group chief executive Julian Cook.
Nurses have voted in favor of the latest pay offer from the government, staving off further strike action and bring nearly a year of negotiations to an end.
Health Minister David Clark has announced an agreement between District Health Boards, the Nurses Organisation and the Ministry of Health over safe staffing levels.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation's negotiating team is recommending its members accept a further revised offer from District Health Boards, following a strike earlier this month.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has said it achieved two significant improvements to the DHB's offer and is recommending the new offer to members. Thomas Coughlan reports.
Thursday’s nurses strike was “unprecedented” in modern New Zealand history and more industrial action could be on the way, reports Thomas Coughlan.
Health Minister David Clark says there is no more money on the table for nurses after the end of the first day of strike action, having defended his absence in the lead-up to industrial action.
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says the pay offer to nurses won't be increased after the nurses' union rejected another pay offer from the district health boards this morning.
Acting Prime Minister * *Winston Peters has come dangerously close to suggesting nurses who are happy with the Government’s offer should break the planned strike. Shane Cowlishaw reports. * *