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Union, DOC start bargaining for new Collective

PSA Media Release

Union and Department of Conservation start bargaining for new Collective Agreement

The Public Service Association has today started bargaining with the Department of Conservation for a new Collective Agreement covering over 1,200 union members at the Department.

“We will be seeking a pay rise that ends ‘mates rates’ in DOC and increased annual leave for our members to ensure they have meaningful time off work,” said PSA National Secretary, Richard Wagstaff.

“Our members at DOC should be valued for the critical role they play in conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage for all to enjoy - both now and in the future.”

The PSA represents over 52,000 public service workers in central and local government, the health sector and in community services.

“The union will be seeking fair treatment of part-time employees in DOC who currently do not receive some allowance and leave entitlements.”

The PSA has a Partnership for Quality agreement with DOC which means that union members regularly meet with management to resolve issues that arise in the workplace.

“We have a strong relationship with the Department and wish to see that continue to ensure that the insights our members have about the best way to do the job continue to be taken onboard by DOC," said Richard Wagstaff.

The Department has already agreed to a union initiative to undergo a pay and employment equity audit to ensure that women in the Department are paid equitably.

The negotiating team is made up of union delegates from throughout New Zealand. The negotiations start today with a view to being completed by the end of May.

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