Health strike at the hands of the government

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Tuwhenuaroa Natanahira

Will Mathews: Health strike in the hands of the government

A union organizer says stopping next month’s strikes by critical health workers is in the government’s hands.

Will Matthews says mediation between the Public Service Association and district health boards has failed to resolve issues around wages, pay disparities, safe workloads and staff retention.

The 10,000 public health, scientific and technical professionals voted 93% in favor of the strike.

He says the DHBs have been caught off guard by the government’s wage moderation policy.

“They don’t want these essential workers out for a day. Neither do the workers. There is an easy solution here and all it takes is for the government to change a bit,” Mr Matthews said.

The strikes are scheduled for March 4 and 18.

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