Mitch Harris: 'Are the nurses being a bit greedy?'

Night Talk 10/07/2018
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Night talk - Mitch Harris opening comments, Tuesday 10th July 2018.

Tonight: why has the NZ Nurses Organisation rejected the latest pay offer?

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says the Government "haven't got the money" to make a new pay offer to nurses who will go on strike this Thursday.

"We haven't been joking when we told the nurses via the media that this is our best offer," Mr Peters said in a news conference on Tuesday morning.

"It's not that we're not willing to - we haven't got the money."

He said the Government had inherited the Mycoplasma bovis crisis and the PSA outbreak affecting the kiwifruit industry, the combined cost of which is expected to cost in excess of $1.2 billion.

The July 12 nurses' strike was given the green light after members of the New Zealand Nurses organisation (NZNO) voted to reject the latest pay offer from district health boards (DHBs).

Mr Peters said the pay offer was the highest "by far" in the last 14 years.

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