Government intervenes to end nurses’ strike


After 10 weeks of action, the strike coordinated by the DSR nurses’ union was brought to an end by government intervention. This means that a recommendation by the conciliation commission will be imposed even though it had been rejected by a large majority of DSR members. The union argues that the government is deaf to the long-standing demands of nurses over the unfair pay structure in the public sector. Some nurses have continued to take unofficial action despite the imposition of a settlement and the threat of fines if they continue. The union says that the focus now shifts to the work of the pay structure committee that was set up to investigate pay inequalities and what can be achieved in the next collective agreement in 2024. The DSR believes that the strike was successful in increasing the visibility and public understanding of the problem of pay inequality.

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