Wednesday, September 2, 2020
On Thursday, September 3 2020, our nurses, along with hundreds of other primary care workers will go on strike, hoping to send a strong message to the Government of their collective disappointment over failed pay negotiations.
An experienced nurse on the PHC MECA (Primary Health Care Multi-Employer Collective Agreement) with the same qualifications, skills and experience is currently paid 10.6 percent ($7,650 per annum) less than their colleagues working for a district health board (DHB). This is completely unjust and undervalues the amazing work PHC nurses do in providing expert care and advice every day – demonstrated so clearly in the COVID-19 response.
Our nurses want to make it quite clear that the issue is with Government's under-funding of GP practices, not dissatisfaction with Broadway. Broadway Medical Centre want to pay their nurses pay parity but need to be given additional funding through the DHBs to do so.
As a result, we will not have any nurses available for appointments, phone advice, test results etc on this day. Our doctors will be trying to do as much of this as they can whilst seeing our patients as well.
If like us, you would like to show your support for our nurses and other primary care workers, you can sign the petition below.