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Child, Youth and Family Collective Agreement

Child, Youth and Family Collective Agreement ratified

Members of the Public Service Association (PSA) employed by Child, Youth and Family have voted to ratify their collective employment agreement with the department after protracted negotiations and strike action.

The Collective Agreement contains pay increases of 11 percent over two years, additional annual leave and an agreement that the department will work towards paying social workers at the same level as those in District Health Boards.

“We are pleased that this collective has been ratified as we started negotiating back in July last year and had to resort to nation-wide strike action,” said Basil Prestidge, Assistant Secretary of the PSA.

“We are looking forward to the Department closing the pay gap between social workers in Child, Youth and Family and those in other areas of the public sector."

Eighty-five percent of PSA members voted in favour of the Collective Agreement which covers over 2000 workers at Child, Youth and Family.

The Collective Agreement includes a commitment that the PSA and Child, Youth and Family will work together on the employment of casuals in the department and pay and employment equity.

“There is a lot of work to be done between the union and Child Youth and Family before the next set of negotiations including how to ensure the pay system is fair and recognises the important role our members play in the department,” said Basil Prestidge.

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