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Improved public sector conditions good for workers

Improved employment conditions in the public sector good for workers, NZ

“Figures released today showing the improved employment conditions in the public sector are good for workers and help ensure that New Zealand public services are of the highest quality,” said Brenda Pilott, National Secretary of the Public Service Association.

The figures are contained in a Statistics New Zealand report and show that increases in annual leave and holidays have driven up non-wage labour costs. National Party MP, Bill English is calling on government to contain costs in the public service.

“Bill English not only wants to take holidays away from workers but National want to cut important public services like health, border control and education to fund tax cuts.”

“There has been a necessary catch-up in annual leave, superannuation and rates of pay for public service workers after the National Party’s slash and burn approach to services and conditions of employment during the 1990s.”

“The increases in employment costs show the success of unions in bargaining better terms of employment for members,” said Brenda Pilott. “Our union has successfully bargained increases in annual leave before the additional week becomes compulsory in April 2007.”

The PSA is New Zealand’s largest union representing over 55,000 public service workers in local and central government, health and community services.

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