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The ‘Bird’ joins Radio New Zealand picket line

11 August 2005

The ‘Bird’ joins Radio New Zealand picket line as industrial action looks set to escalate

Striking Radio New Zealand staff are being joined on the picket line this afternoon by the network’s iconic bird-call ‘birdie’.

The ‘Bird’ will march with striking staff from RNZ’s headquarters at 155 The Terrace to PSA House, 11 Aurora Terrace, Wellington at 4pm this afternoon.

The strike, from 3.45pm to 6pm, is the latest in a series taken by members of the Public Service Association and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union in protest at their employer’s 3 per cent wage offer. Staff are seeking a 5 per cent pay rise, and a one week increase to annual leave entitlement in line with recent settlements in the public sector.

PSA Organiser Brenden Sheehan says the union members are strongly considering an escalated industrial action campaign if a fair pay offer is not made.

“This sixth strike indicates very clearly the resolve of our members. They are very disappointed that Radio New Zealand continues to remain intransigent on its position and is not willing to revise its pay offer.

“A ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ attitude is not conducive to a reaching a resolution in this dispute.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of the ‘Bird’ on the picket line today – but we need to be clear that our members are serious about getting a reasonable pay offer from their employer. Listeners can expect industrial action to escalate if no new offer is made.

“We know that National Radio and Concert FM’s large nation-wide audience are becoming frustrated by the unreliability of the network’s schedule owing to industrial action. Our members apologise for this, but feel they have no other way of making their case.

“RNZ staff urge listeners to call the network to register their support for a fair pay offer.

ENDS

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