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Strong support for Waikato DHB clerical staff

16 March 2005

Strong support for Waikato DHB clerical staff

More than 1,000 Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) staff have signed a Public Service Association petition calling for a fair pay deal for clerical and administrative workers.

The PSA and WDHB start two days of mediation talks tomorrow after the Board refused to increase its 1.5 per cent pay twelve month offer to clerical and admin workers. All other allied health workers have already been offered and accepted a 3 per cent twelve month deal which was also negotiated by the PSA.

PSA advocate Linda Holt says WDHB clerical and administrative workers were buoyed today when hundreds of their colleagues signed the petition during a lunchtime Fair Pay for All Health Workers sausage sizzle outside Waikato Hospital. The petition has also been circulating inside the hospital and will be tabled at the mediation talks.

“WDHB clerical and administrative staff have had enough of being treated like second-class workers. They are not prepared to accept half the pay offer their employer has already settled with the other allied staff they work beside every day.

“The strength of their resolve is most clearly shown by the overwhelming mandate they have given to take industrial action should WDHB not improve its pay offer at mediation talks tomorrow and on Friday. Taking industrial action was supported by 98 per cent of members in a vote held this week.

“The WDHB’s pay 1.5 per cent offer for clerical and administrative workers is the lowest made to any group of its workers.

“We strongly urge the WDHB to table a fair pay offer tomorrow,” Linda Holt said.

ENDS

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