Nurses go purple to voice pay concerns.
In the spirit of Christmas, Go Purple Day set out to demonstrate that fairness is about giving as well as receiving, and incorporated collections for women's refuges. Daily papers published photos of NZNO members loading trailers of food and toys for refuges and creatively linking the day to the fair pay message.
The common factor was a purple "blitz", from the usual NZNO balloons to the now-familiar fair pay T-shirts and stickers, to a more festive style of purple wigs, hats, glamour and glitz. Local NZNO members chose their own Go Purple celebrations and let the media know about photo opportunities.
* Trailer loads of donations for the local refuges were the focus of actions in Whangarei and Christchurch.
* In Auckland, the accent was on dressing for the occasion, with a huge range of creative purple adornments, resulting in headlines like 'Nurses' Purple Patch in Protest Over Pay" in the Manukau Courier.
* Taranaki members got great publicity with a photo story carrying the message: "Nurses may want more money, but that didn't stop them collecting for other members of the community yesterday."
* Hawke's Bay Hospital was decked out with 500 balloons, providing a photo opportunity for Hawke's Bay Today and the cover of this issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand.
* Wellington donations were piled high at NZNO's national office, where delegates attending the Lower North Island multi-employer collective agreement negotiations livened up the pay talks with a range of purple fashion statements.
* Nelson nurses lined up to tell the local paper to look out for a strong pay equity campaign in 2004.
* In Southland, food and grocery items filled an empty bassinet, as well as buckets and boxes.
Go Purple Day was not just for district health board members. It was a chance to spread the word that all NZNO members are part of the Fair Pay Campaign. Wearing purple ribbons, caregivers from Te Whanau Rest Home in the Horowhenua wore purple ribbons, highlighting their bid for fair pay, as well as support for aged care training and qualifications.
The colour theme continued this month with Black Friday, held on February 13. Members wore black armbands and hung black balloons around their workplaces to protest against nurses' poor pay. The day also involved a push to send as many post cards as possible to Finance Minister Michael Cullen calling for money to be set aside for a fair pay settlement for nurses in the Government's May budget.
The next national day of action will be International Working Women's Day, March 8.
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|Publication:||Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2004|
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