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New Zealand nurses vote to strike over pay

Union claims NZ government's latest offer is 'entirely misleading'
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Nurses in New Zealand will strike for 24 hours on two separate occasions in a dispute over pay.

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) said it will only suspend the proposed action if a third pay offer from the country’s district health boards represents a ‘significant improvement’.

NZNO members, including midwives and healthcare assistants, have voted in favour of walking out for 24 hours on Thursday 5 July and Thursday 12 July.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the country’s health minister claimed district health boards have already offered nurses a 9% pay rise by August next year. She further claimed the average pay for a full-time, experienced nurse would be $(NZ)93,000 a year – that's around £48,900 – by December 2019.

Alarmed

The NZNO disputes these figures, with industrial service manager Cee Payne saying she was ‘alarmed’ by

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