An­other strike

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The North­land DHB’s anaes­thetic tech­ni­cians be­gan their fourth strike at 7am yes­ter­day, re­turn­ing at 7am to­mor­row, in sup­port of a pay and con­di­tions claim that their union, APEX, says is aimed at ad­dress­ing a re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion cri­sis. More than 30 per cent of po­si­tions were va­cant, union sec­re­tary Dr Deb­o­rah Pow­ell said, ne­ces­si­tat­ing ad­di­tional shifts and over­time. Surg­eries had also had to be can­celled. Pri­vate sec­tor pay rates that were up to 30 per cent higher than the DHB’s were ex­ac­er­bat­ing the prob­lem, she added.

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