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Industrial action if there's no more money from Government to fund a fair pay national multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) for nurses--that was the message 200 NZNO delegates delivered to the Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor at NZNO's annual conference in Rotorua Last month. And delegates wanted him to pass their unequivocal message to Cabinet.
The resolution was passed unanimously at the end of a rousing speech to conference by president Jane O'Malley. Speaking after a lame speech, which failed to mention the fair pay campaign, delivered by O'Connor on behalf of Health Minister Annette King (see p11), O'Malley said 2004 would go down in history as the year nurses, midwives and caregivers "stood up, spoke out and got active to win fair pay".
The claim of generations of nurses and …