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Union shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of others

Wednesday 29 November 2006

The Service Workers’ Union shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of others

Disappointing – that’s how District Health Boards are describing notice from the Service and Food Workers’ Union for a one and a half hour strike later this month.

Craig Climo, CEO of South Canterbury District Health Board and spokesperson for DHBs says the action is disappointing given the stage of the negotiations.

“DHBs haven’t even made an offer - this action is quite inappropriate given we have more talks scheduled next week.

“The union’s claim is based on a national pay deal or MECA covering all service workers in all DHBS as well as their contractors.

Mr Climo says DHBs have tried to explore other ways of meeting the union’s concerns and this action is unfortunate.

“If the last few months have shown unions anything, it’s that DHBs will not bow to industrial pressure – if anything it will harden our resolve.”


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