Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Union To Put Employer On “Trial” Strike To Follow

Union To Put Employer On “Trial”; Strike Action To Follow

The National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) is putting the Legal Services Agency (LSA) on “trial” tomorrow.

“Members returned a unanimous vote of no confidence in management last year after the employer adopted a stance of refusing to offer any increase in pay as part of a settlement in collective bargaining”, said NUPE Organiser John Kerr.

“Since then we have tried mediation on several occasions to no avail. The employer remains wedded to the discredited and unfair method of determining pay by management prerogative,” said John Kerr.

“Our union alleges that this stance is indicative of a failure to adapt to the modern industrial relations environment where the vast majority of public sector employees pay is determined through collective bargaining. We are staggered that a crown entity such as the LSA appears to be stuck in last century’s Employment Contracts Act mindset,” said John Kerr.

“We will be holding a hearing tomorrow to determine whether these are allegations have substance. If the employer is deemed to be guilty we will be pronouncing the verdict at a picket to held at Christchurch District Court later this week”, said John Kerr.

“Members have also voted to take industrial action which will be co-ordinated with the “trial” and the picket,” said John Kerr.

“ The Legal Services Agency plays a vital role in processing legal aid applications. They are a critical link in the chain that ensures people get access to justice. Members have not taken this decision lightly but we have been talking to the employer for 9 months and they are making no offer on pay”, said John Kerr

“NUPE represents 25% of the Legal Services Agency Staff nationwide and nearly all of their Wellington and Christchurch staff. We represent all of the staff who process legal aid applications for the Waitangi Tribunal. The industrial action will affect the Agency from Invercargill to Whangarei” said John Kerr.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news