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Striking midwives gather outside Auckland Hospital

A crowd of 60 midwives and parents have gathered outside Auckland Hospital protesting for more funding and safer working conditions.

Kendyll McAuley, who is pregnant with twins and is currently staying at Auckland Hospital, came down to support the midwives.

She said she had seen their hard work first-hand while she has been in their care as she waits for the birth of her first children.

“They are like mothers to us,” she told 1 News.

MERAS co-leader Caroline Conroy said they wanted to negotiate our own pay agreement.

“This is the final day of the strike we’ve had over the last two weeks to highlight the plight of employed midwives and the inability we have to negotiate our own pay agreement at the moment,” Ms Conroy said.

“We’ve been very invisible in the workplace, we’re a small group of health professionals, we’re not visible, people don’t understand our role outside of maternity so this has really been an opportunity to the role.”

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A crowd of 60 midwives and parents gathered outside Auckland Hospital protesting for more funding and safer working conditions. Source: 1 NEWS


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