18:35 GMT17 June 2021
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    MOSCOW, June 9 (Sputnik) - As many as 30,000 nurses in New Zealand went on an eight-hour nationwide strike on Wednesday, demanding that the government put an end to underfunding of health care system and inadequate staffing.

    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) announced the eight-hour strike on Monday after it rejected the second pay offer from district health boards in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement negotiations.

    The revised offer, according to the trade union, did not significantly differ from the previous one, nor did it address issues of major concern, primarily, nursing shortages that affect both medical staff and patients.

    "We need the Government and the DHBs to come up with a profession-enhancing offer right now that truly recognizes the contribution nursing staff make and that ensures the future of nursing for the wellbeing and safety of us all," NZNO Lead Advocate David Wait said, as quoted in a press release.

    The NZNO has reportedly asked for a 17% pay raise, but the government denied the request, saying it cannot afford it.

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