In 2006 nurses campaigned for pay parity within the profession. Hospital nurses were higher paid than those who worked in general practices – in 2006 this meant a top rate of $24 an hour compared with $21. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation, the union representing both groups, argued that it would become increasingly difficult to recruit practice nurses unless the rates were equalised. This is a group of Dunedin practice nurses and NZNO organiser Lorraine Lobb (in front), all marking a ‘Seeing red’ day of protest over the issue in 2006. Practice nurses won an increase that moved them closer to the hospital rate.
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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 2 May 2006, p. 2
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