Protest de­liv­ered

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Mid­wives staged a protest on Kawakawa’s main street on Fri­day as part of a two-hour na­tional strike. Chris­tine Byrne, of Meras (the New Zealand Col­lege of Mid­wives), said up to 12 mem­bers on the picket line from 10am­noon re­ceived a “re­ally pos­i­tive re­ac­tion with lots of wav­ing and toot­ing”. Some mid­wives stayed in the ma­ter­nity unit to pro­vide life-pre­serv­ing ser­vices. Byrne said mid­wives felt they were be­ing lis­tened to by the Gov­ern­ment for the first time in many years but still had a long way to go, with mid­wives leav­ing the pro­fes­sion “in droves” due to low pay. They had been of­fered the same set­tle­ment as nurses but wanted dis­trict health boards to recog­nise them as a sep­a­rate pro­fes­sion. They also felt nurses had set­tled for less than they de­served, Byrne said. Ac­tion was North­land-wide but the only picket was in Kawakawa. In­de­pen­dent mid­wives are cov­ered by a dif­fer­ent pay agree­ment.

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