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Government Offers $1.5 Billion Boost in Pay Equity Deal for Te Whatu Ora Nurses

Government Offers $1.5 Billion Boost in Pay Equity Deal for Te Whatu Ora Nurses

The government has increased its pay equity offer for Te Whatu Ora nurses by $1.5 billion to resolve a long-standing dispute over pay rates and backp

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The government has increased its pay equity offer for Te Whatu Ora nurses by $1.5 billion to resolve a long-standing dispute over pay rates and backpay. More than 30,000 nurses will vote on the offer, which includes a 4.5 percent pay increase for registered nurses and a 6.5 percent increase for senior nurses. Both groups will also receive a lump sum of $15,000 for backpay. The proposed deal builds on the interim pay equity adjustment of 14 percent implemented in April. The total value of the pay offer is now $4 billion. Health Minister Ayesha Verrall welcomed the agreement, highlighting the significant pay increases for nurses since 2017.

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