Nurses’ pay gap is built in, says Reti

Pierre Verschaffelt

Dr. Shane Reti | Nurses’ pay gap is built in, says Reti

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Opposition health spokesman Shane Reti rejects suggestions that the different pay rates for nurses were a matter of race.

Opposition health spokesman Shane Reti rejects suggestions that the different pay rates for nurses were a matter of race.

Waitangi Tribunal health service claimants have spoken to ministers about addressing their issues, including the 15-20% discrepancy between what Houora nurses and community health services receive compared to their counterparts in the public hospitals.

Dr. Reti says a lot that it comes down to the differences between public and private organizations.

“Primary care nurses, community nurses and senior residential care nurses are paid less than their DB counterparts. It’s not an issue of Maori non-Maori on Maori providers versus non-Maori – it’s just across the sector and public versus not in public or private there’s this significant difference, about 10 $000 in fact for a nurse,” he says.

Dr Reti says the pending fair pay deal for public sector nurses will further widen the split.


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