It will be a case of who blinks first, as the mexican standoff between nurses and the District Health Boards pay and conditions resumes.
New Zealand Nurses' Organisation members want more financial investment, but their
DHB employers and the government have publicly claimed no more money was available to bolster its current offer.
Nevertheless, both parties are back at taking their seats around the negotiating table - less than a week after nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives across the country walked off the wards for the first time in three decades.
DHBs were reportedly putting their fifth collective agreement proposal before NZNO negotiators in a bid to prevent further industrial action.
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