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Little Support for Industrial Action

Media Release
19 August 2004

Little Support for Industrial Action

Richmond Fellowship, the non-governmental provider of specialist community support services, says yesterday’s industrial action had no impact on the delivery of services to clients.

Richmond’s chief executive, Dr Gerry Walmisley, says around 20 staff took part in the four hour stoppage and there was no support for the strike action outside of the Christchurch area.

The National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) said yesterday it expected around 100 staff to take part in the industrial action.

NUPE membership across New Zealand represents less than 10% of Richmond’s total workforce.

About Richmond Fellowship

Richmond Fellowship is a major non-governmental provider of community health and support services throughout New Zealand. Richmond has developed specialist services for a range of purchasers including the Ministry of Health, Community & Public Health, Child Youth and Family Service, Corrections Department and District Health Boards. Service provision includes programmes for people with psychiatric or psychological disabilities, primary health services, respite and emergency support, consumer based drop-in services, specialist youth programmes, dual diagnosis services (including intellectual disability/mental illness), alcohol and other drug services and intensive support for people with the most complex needs.

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