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Green Party welcomes pay rise for nurses

The Green Party today welcomed the settlement of the nurses’ dispute that will give them a decent pay rise.

“Nurses, who are at the heart of health care, have historically been underpaid and undervalued,” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said. “It is great they have fought for and won their battle to be paid reasonably and to have more staff employed so they can safely carry out their vital work.”

“Given how much nurses have been neglected by the previous National government, we understand many will be disappointed all underpayment issues could not be fully addressed straight off.

“They still don’t have pay equity and we will support their ongoing fight for parity.”