Thousands of nurses march for ‘suffering workforce’
Thousands of nurses from all over the country will be marching today in a bid to be heard and ensure better pay for a workforce they say is suffering.
The march, held in unison with International Nurses Day, is the climax of a Facebook page called “New Zealand, please hear our voice” that was started by two anonymous nurses in March and has already gathered more than 45,000 members nationwide.
At midday today, members of the group, along with other supporters, will be joining in rallies all over New Zealand. Marches will take place in Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wanganui, Hastings, Gisborne, Nelson, Hamilton, Dunedin and Whanga¯rei.
Chronic understaffing, underresourcing, missed breaks, unpaid overtime, and unfair wages were just a few of the frustrations echoed in the Facebook group.
Thousands of people are expected to participate in the Auckland march that will meet at the Domain gates on Park Rd in Grafton just before midday.
Marchers will head towards Aotea Square for a rally at 1pm, and the public is invited to join in support.
The march comes just after the New Zealand Nurses Organisation handed over thousands of “We need your help” letters from the public to the Minister of Finance, Grant Robertson, and the Minister of Health, David Clark, on Wednesday in Parliament.
Nurses in a recent demonstration for better pay and condition.