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PSA Seeks Injunction Against Otago University

22 August, 2002

PSA Seeks Injunction Against Otago University

The New Zealand Public Service Association is seeking an injunction against the University of Otago and has initiated proceedings. The PSA is seeking an order from the Employment Relations Authority to prevent the University from advertising positions in the Research and International Division, which is undergoing a restructuring. The University has advertised positions in the new Divisional structure before it has completed placing staff who are affected by the restructuring and it has therefore breached the management of change provisions of the general staff collective employment agreement.

“This is an unusual step for the union to take but unfortunately the University has left us with no other choice but to resort to legal action in order to protect our members interests and the integrity of the management of change provisions of the collective agreement" says PSA organiser Mark Ryan.

The PSA is also seeking a determination from the Authority on the correct interpretation and application of the management of change provisions of the collective agreement.

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