Wellington Scoop

Campaigning nurses rally at railway station

The first of a series of rallies by nurses campaigning for better pay and conditions was held this morning outside the Wellington Railway Station. Nurses last month rejected a pay offer from DHBs, and launched a campaign to highlight their concerns.

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After the rejection of the latest DHB Nurses and Midwifery Multi Employer Collective Agreement pay offer, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation has launched a campaign to mobilise members and the wider public to highlight the issues facing nurses and the health sector.

NZNO campaigns adviser Georgia Choveaux, reports that within 48 hours the campaign attracted several thousand people via its campaign page ‘#healthneedsnursing’.

“NZNO has received an excellent response to their first action, an electronic postcard campaign to Ministers,” she said. “The postcard enables our members and the public to directly send messages to the Ministers of Health, Finance and Workplace Relations and Safety. At the moment we are seeing one postcard being signed every minute.

“The activity calls on Ministers to provide further investment targeted to improve pay for our nursing and midwifery teams and ensure our hospitals are safely staffed.

Campaign plans are underway to launch activities and rallies for health starting today.

“The rallies will be a way for nurses to demonstrate their dissatisfaction about the under-investment into members’ pay and safe staffing and to draw public attention to the matter.

“The rallies will include local activities that may be anything from rallies outside hospitals, to market stalls or postcard sign ups. We will be inviting the wider public to get involved,” Georgia Choveaux said.