Thou­sands of nurses march for ‘suf­fer­ing work­force’

Weekend Herald - - News - Photo/ Nick Bew­ley

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.

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