No agreement reached, nurses strike to go ahead

Tomorrow's nurses strike is set to continue as scheduled, after facilitation talks ended this afternoon without an agreement being reached.

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) and district health boards were ordered to hold talks by the Employment Relations Authority after union members voted on Tuesday to reject a proposal by DHBs to settle their long-running collective employment agreement dispute.

Talks began yesterday and continued through this morning, but NZNO industrial services manager Cee Payne said an end to the impasse had not been found and the strike would continue.

The breakdown of talks will see around 30,000 NZNO members walk off the job at 7am tomorrow and remain off work for 24 hours.

Emergency services will continue to be maintained at the nation's hospitals, but non-urgent appointments have been postponed.

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