Of course there is more money to offer

Stuff reports:

The nurses union has “strongly rejected” a district health board pay and conditions offer and is seeking urgent mediation to stave off nationwide .

But the Government says it is “preparing for the worst” because there is no more money to offer. 

Of course there is more money to offer. The Government has a $3.5 billion surplus and is spending $2.8 billion on giving future lawyers and accountants free fees rather than nurses the pay rise they are asking for.

This doesn’t mean I think the Government should agree to the union demands, but that all these things are conscious decisions of the Government. Unlike the previous Government they didn’t inherit a decade of forecast deficits. They have strong surpluses.

Remember that this Government in the 2018 Budget had a smaller increase for Vote Health than National did in the 2017 Budget.

Maybe they could not give Ruapehu Alpine Lifts $10 million corporate welfare for a new chairlift, and instead add that to the nurses’ offer?

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