14 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: DHB casual workers complain of cut hours

From Morning Report, 7:47 am on 14 April 2020

The nurses union says it's expecting hundreds of its members who have had their hours cut to take legal action against District Health Boards.

The Nurses Organisation says casual workers have had their hours slashed during the Covid-19 pandemic, and been told they don't qualify for a wage subsidy, as they're considered government employees.

This includes people who are on casual contracts, but have been consistently doing the same shifts and hours each week, for years.

The union says the State Services Commission has advised organisations like DHBs to pay staff in that situation, acknowledging they won't have access to the wage subsidy scheme.

Nurses Organisation industrial advisor David Wait speaks to Susie Ferguson.