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Hospital workers disappointed and angry

Hospital workers disappointed and angry over bargaining process

PSA allied health clerical and mental health members at Otago District Health Board are angry and disappointed at the way they have been treated by the Board over the last year, PSA organiser Rex Askerud said today.

“The Board is not fulfilling its role in the partnership relationship we have tried to build between our two organisations. Over the last year our members have experienced delays with negotiations, the use of outside consultants which erodes any trust built up between the PSA and the Board, ongoing problems with the payroll system, and a distinct lack of communication from the Board on these issues. To top it all off, the Board has reversed its initial decision not to allocate funds to employees on individual agreements.”

Rex Askerud said PSA members had felt forced to sign a petition requested ODHB to retract its offer to non-union members. Unsuccessful mediation had resulted in stopwork meetings being held recently at which members endorsed a resolution calling on the Board to work in partnership with their union.

“The PSA has endeavoured to maintain a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with the Board. For that to happen our members believe there needs to be open communication, trust and confidence, and a bargaining process which is in the spirit of the Employment Relations Act.”

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