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.
he New Zealand Nurses Organisation and District Health Boards will go into Employment Relations Authority-facilitated bargaining after the nurses' union rejected a second pay offer from the DHBs this morning.
Voting on a new pay deal for nurses will begin on Tuesday and run until next Monday. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has recommended to its members that they accept the deal.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has lifted its strike notice for July 5 after a revised offer from DHBs. Thomas Coughlan reports.
Looming strike action from public sector employees could start driving up wages across the board as private sector employers take heed of the industrial action in what's becoming a tighter labour market, says Bank of New Zealand head of research Stephen Toplis.
Winston Peters has suggested there is some truth to the idea that unions are testing their luck as they push the Government for better wages. Thomas Coughlan reports.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has given notice to district health boards that nurses will strike next month.