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Auckland hospital strikes called off

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/04/2016

Auckland Hospital. © Getty Images Auckland Hospital. Large-scale strikes at Auckland's hospitals have been called off at the last minute with unions and the city's DHBs striking a deal.

Industrial action had been planned for Friday over an ongoing pay dispute between 3000 hospital staff and Auckland's three district health boards.

Pay negotiations with the Public Service Association - which represents both clinical and support staff - had broken down over a proposal to reduce weekend overtime payments.

On Thursday, the PSA called off the strikes, saying a deal had been struck with the DHBs under which there would be no changes to weekend rates.

The union says it will hold meetings with delegates early next week and will hold a vote on the deal as soon as possible.

The proposed change would have seen staff go from being paid double-time on weekends to time and a half.

The PSA had said the dispute was caused by underfunding in the health system by the government, but the DHBs said the cuts in overtime payments would bring them in line with the rest of the country.

The new deal also includes a 2 per cent pay rise for staff from April and a 1 per cent raise in 2017.

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