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35,000 Nurses to Stage 24-Hour Strike Over Unsafe Staffing Levels

35,000 Nurses to Stage 24-Hour Strike Over Unsafe Staffing Levels

Around 35,000 nurses employed by Te Whatu Ora are planning a 24-hour strike on August 9 and 10 due to ongoing concerns about unsafe staffing levels.

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Around 35,000 nurses employed by Te Whatu Ora are planning a 24-hour strike on August 9 and 10 due to ongoing concerns about unsafe staffing levels. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation members voted overwhelmingly in support of the strike action. The nurses feel their concerns about safer staffing practices, nurse-to-patient ratios, and health and safety have not been adequately addressed in negotiations. Despite their reluctance to strike, they believe it is necessary to advocate for the wellbeing of patients affected by unsafe staffing levels. A ratification vote on a recently received offer will take place before the strike proceeds. Additionally, the nurses are set to vote on a Pay Equity offer to address gender discrimination.

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