17 Sep 2019

Grant Brookes, who's survived an attempt to oust him as president of the Nurses Organisation

From Morning Report, 8:42 am on 17 September 2019

The president of the nurses' union, Grant Brookes, has narrowly survived an attempt by the leadership of his own union to remove him for misconduct. The matter was decided at a special general meeting of the Nurses Organisation delegates in Wellington late yesterday. Fifty-one percent of the delegates said Mr Brookes must remain president, against 41 percent who wanted him to go, with 8 percent abstaining. At issue was a late-night email he sent to a union official, Cee Payne, in July last year, criticising her actions during industrial action over pay talks last July. After the vote Grant Brookes told our health correspondent Karen Brown the union remains deeply divided.