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Union members put strikes and lockouts behind them

PSA Media Release

Union members put strikes and lockouts behind them

Members of the Public Service Association employed at Environment Southland, Invercargill City Council and the Southland District Council have settled their 2006/07 collective employment agreement negotiations.

"These settlements are light years away from the battle lines that were drawn around the multi-employer collective agreement negotiations that covered the four district councils last year," said Mark Ryan PSA Organiser." It is pleasing that we have settled these agreements given the bitter state of relationships at the end of last year," said Mark Ryan.

"These settlements mean that union members and employers have put last year's experience behind them and are looking to the future."

Details of the settlements * Southland District Council: 3.2 percent pay increase. * Environment Southland: 3.5 percent pay increase and $100 payment to recognise the value of PSA members collectively bargaining. * Invercargill City Council: 4 percent pay increase and five weeks annual leave for longer serving staff.

All three collective agreements run for 12 months.

Gore District Council is yet to finalise its 2005/06 collective agreement and negotiations for the 2006/07 collective agreement are yet to commence.


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