NZNO media advisory, 17 October 2018
Registered nurses, health care assistants and cleaners at Lynton Lodge Hospital in Auckland are to picket for an hour in protest over failing pay negotiations.
When: Thursday 18 October, 4.30-5.30pm
Where: Corner of West End Rd and Fife St, Westmere, Auckland
Spokesperson: Sarah Barker, Organiser, New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO)
NZNO has been negotiating to renew a collective agreement (CA) with Sunrise Healthcare which took over management of Lynton Lodge Hospital around one year ago. Sunrise had agreed to retain the existing CA.
However, the latest pay offer from Sunrise has been rejected by NZNO members.
- For cleaners at the hospital there is no offered pay rise beyond the increase to the minimum wage (required last April).
- For registered nurses (RNs) with four years’ service the pay offer is just 13 cents per hour. Those with three years’ service have been offered just two cents.
Health care assistants at Lynton Lodge Hospital (whose pay is now regulated through the Care and Support Workers Pay Equity Settlement) have voted to support their RN and cleaner colleagues by joining the picket.
Many staff at Lynton Lodge have long service there. Lynton Lodge was the winner of the 2015/16 Aged Advisor People’s Choice Award for Best Aged Care (Small) Facility, and was a finalist for the same award in 2017.
Media inquiries:Rob Zorn, NZNO Media and Communications Advisor: 027 431 2617