| 06 July 2023

Unique "health and safety" strike in hospital upheld by Employment Court

In a recent judgment, the Employment Court considered an application by Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand (Te Whatu Ora) for urgent interim orders to restrain an intended “health and safety” strike by nurses and care assistants at Gisborne hospital: Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand v New Zealand Nurses Organisation Incorporated [2023] NZEmpC 75. The intended strike itself was unique in that employees planned to withdraw their labour from working conditions they believed were unsafe for a total of 1 hour, and then return to those exact same working conditions.


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By Anthony Kamphorst, Senior Solicitor.