Thousands of doctors strike in New Zealand

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News ID: 34099
Publish Date: 9:43 - 15 January 2019
TEHRAN, Jan 15 - Nearly 80 percent of junior doctors across New Zealand walked off the job at public hospitals on Tuesday after a breakdown in union talks with the government over working conditions and wages.

Thousands of doctors strike in New Zealand

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The strike spotlights the difficulties Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government faces in delivering on its promise to pour money into social services and rein in economic inequality when it took office in 2017.

The center-left government’s traditional union support base says sluggish wage growth and soaring living costs have left workers struggling, with teachers, nurses and court officials taking action last year to demand pay hikes.

“They want to have control over when we work, how we work and where we work,” said Dr Deborah Powell, national secretary of the junior doctors’ union. “We tried to resolve this without a strike but we were left with no choice.”

More than 3,300 government-employed junior doctors, of a national tally of 3,700, are staying away from hospitals and clinics after the talks broke down last week.

Yet, senior doctors continue emergency and life-saving services. 

Government hospitals asked people to limit visits only to emergencies.

Source: Reuters

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