Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


MAF plans for PSA strike on Friday 2 December

Monday 28 November 2005

MAF plans for PSA strike on Friday 2 December

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is finalising contingency measures for a strike planned by the PSA for this Friday. The strike notice is for 24 hours from 4:30am on Friday 2 December 2005, and covers all PSA members who are employees of MAF. Such a strike would have the most impact on MAF quarantine operations at airports and ports.

“We expect disruption at ports and airports and are finalising options to manage reductions in service levels and potential delays,” MAF’s Quarantine Service general manager Ken Harris said.

“We apologise unreservedly for any disruption that this may cause the many people and businesses who use our border services. MAF does not want strike action and is exploring all options to avoid it.

“We have been in close contact with airports, airlines, ports, shipping companies and importers to mitigate any impacts of a strike. We will provide further updates as soon as we can,” he said. (NB: The strike only affects MAF staff and so does not affect other border services such as Customs and Immigration)

“At airports we will be seeking to minimise delays to passenger clearances. Of particular concern is the clearance of perishable risk goods and we will work closely with importers on how this can best be managed. Our focus will be on the areas of highest biosecurity risk.

“Regular updates will be provided to potentially affected organisations as we finalise contingency arrangements.

“MAF is currently in mediation with the PSA and is also seeking to get an injunction tomorrow from the High Court to overturn the strike. We cannot assume that either of these measures to prevent the strike will be successful and are planning accordingly,” Ken Harris said.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news