Strike begins: Nurses 'united over calls for change'

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NZ Herald ,
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Publish Date
Thursday, 12 July 2018, 7:48AM
Nurses marched for better pay earlier in the year. Photo \ Greg Bowker

Nurses nationwide walked off the job today at 7am after rejecting the latest pay offer from the district health boards (DHBs).

No suitable agreement was reached, so the 24-hour strike will proceed.

Nurses Organisation lead organiser Carol Beaumont is at the picket line outside Auckland Hospital.

She told Larry Williams nurses regret having to walk off the job but they're united on their calls for change.

"The mood is really welcome, with the support we are getting from the public, I think nurses are feeling really strongly that this is the right thing to do [but] it hasn't been easy by any means."

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