18 Aug 2021

Nationwide nurses strike action suspended

From Nine To Noon, 9:31 am on 18 August 2021
The Auckland nurses protest on 9 June 2021.

Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

The community spread of the Delta variant in Auckland has resulted in nurses immediately calling off their strike

Around 30,000 nurses, midwives and health care assistants from the Nurses Organisation and 1500 midwives from the MERAS union were due to walk off the job tomorrow, after failing to reach agreements over pay and conditions with district health boards. 

NZNO manager of industrial servicers Glenda Alexander says they remain frustrated with chronic, understaffing, but withdrawing strike action in a national emergency is the right thing to do.