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The Tasmanian government has offered a deal to nurses and midwives in a bid to stop them striking over pay and conditions.
More than 200 members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation gathered outside Launceston General Hospital on Wednesday for a 15-minute strike action.
It comes a week after a similar industrial action outside Royal Hobart Hospital, where nurses and midwives called for the state government to urgently address staffing levels.
Tasmanian Premier and Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff said he put a proposal to the nurses union on Tuesday, outlining his government's commitments to address staff retention and recruitment.
They include an agreement to meet on workforce modelling and a $2000 return-to-work bonus for recently nurses and midwives who recently resigned.
The proposal came following constructive and collaborative discussions with the union, Mr Rockliff said.
"I would like the strike action to cease," he told reporters on Wednesday.
"I believe that, at the end of the day, strike action takes people out of our hospitals that are already under considerable pressure.
"I understand the scheduled strike for today but I am pleased ... the nurses union are putting our proposal to their members over the course of the coming days."
The government's proposal addressed key concerns outlined by the union, ANMF Tasmanian branch secretary Emily Shepherd said.
"It isn't an exhaustive list," she told AAP.
"Obviously, there still are some concerns that members have raised but certainly it is a positive step in the right direction.
"We'll be taking advice from members over the coming days before going back to the premier with a response."
The union will wait to hear from its members before calling off strike action scheduled for the coming weeks, Ms Shepherd said, and noted conditions remain challenging for the state's nurses and midwives.
"They turn up to work wanting to provide quality care to patients and to keep patients safe," she said.
"The reality is since borders opened on the 15th of December, they're not able to provide the quality of care and they're concerned about their patients not being safe."
Nurses and midwives working in the state's busiest hospitals will also begin receiving COVID-19 allowances in the coming weeks, Mr Rockliff confirmed.
A nurse working on the frontline could receive up to $60 a day, or $300 a week on average for full-time staff, on top of their salary.