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Unison votes in favour of ballot over pay action


Anonymous 3:15pm. I've said this before but will repeat for your benefit. The NZNO is the nurses union in NZ, and taken very seriously by the NZ Government. Why? Because they are a striking union: nurses have been on strike and negotiated themselves a better deal because of it. Was anyone harmed by strike action? Only if you count consultants having to deal with bedpans for a change! Most were inconvenienced; the trust bosses tried to use the press to vilify nurses but the public saw right through it. Why did they strike? Well, sometimes folk do not realise what they have until it's not there. What might surprise you even more is that the NZNO secured a 20% pay rise (yes that's not a typo) for front line staff because they did their homework, compared nurses' pay with teachers and the police, and then threatened the government with legal action over a whopping gender gap in pay. Could this kind of thing happen over here? Only if we stop bickering and whingeing about the small cr*p and stand together. Until we do that Hunt has us right where he wants us.

Posted date

16 April, 2014

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0:14 am


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