National petition reaches Parliament.NURSES AND midwives literally "drove" their fair pay message to Parliament late last month when they delivered their petition calling for fair pay on board a purple truck. The petition had been signed by 125,000 New Zealanders This is a list of well-known people associated with New Zealand.
The truck, carrying a hospital bed and festooned with purple balloons and banners, drove from Wellington Hospital Wellington Hospital is Wellington, New Zealand's main hospital located in the suburb of Newtown on Riddiford Street. It is the main hospital run by Capital & Coast District Health Board (C&CDHB), the others including Kapiti Helath Centre, Kenepuru Hospital and Porirua Hospital the through the city and onto Parliament's forecourt. NZNO NZNO New Zealand Nurses Organisation president Jane O'Malley O'Malley may refer to:
The six petition bags were unloaded from the truck and presented by six delegates to the MPs from six different parties. The delegates were Carol McCord McCord is the placename for several places in the United States:
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Speaking after the event, NZNO organising services manager Laila Harre said nurses and midwives were in a very strong position this year to settle their claim and she expected it would be settled this year. "In comparison with similar groups, including police, teachers and other health professionals, our research shows nurses and midwives are paid between $7000 and $15,000 a year less than they are worth. Our claim is based, among other things, on achieving equal pay for work of equal value. We believe that the cost to Government of a fair pay settlement could be in the vicinity of $300 million."
Harre warned that unless nurses received fair pay this year, the flow of skilled and experienced nurses from public hospitals would continue. New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. was currently short of about 2000 nurses. She was encouraged that the Government had stated it was committed to equal pay for work of equal value in the state sector.
Accepting her bag of petitions, Associate Health Minister Ruth Dyson Ruth Suzanne Dyson (born 11 August 1957) is a New Zealand politician. She is a member of the Labour Party.
Dyson was born in Lower Hutt. Her father served in the New Zealand Army, and so Dyson's family frequently moved around the country. reiterated her commitment to pay equity and assured nurses that the Government "wanted to progress this issue". Government had given a public commitment to valuing all New Zealand workers, particularly women workers, who received 13 percent less pay than men overall. She expected DHBs to bring the financial implications of the nurses' claim for fair pay to Government, which would then work through these implications with them.
Negotiations for a national, public sector multi-employer collective agreement--the first national agreement for nurses and midwives in over 12 years--began this month. For further details, see industrial focus, p21.