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

 


MPI provoking industrial dispute by walking out of pay talks

MPI provoking industrial dispute by walking out of pay talks

The Public Service Association is accusing the Ministry for Primary Industries of deliberately provoking a dispute and risking industrial action by seeking to reduce the conditions of employment for staff.

The PSA met with the Ministry earlier this week as part of collective agreement negotiations and to respond to the Ministry’s claims and claw backs, but after refusing to shift its position, the Ministry chose to walk away from the negotiating table.

PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff says “there are some serious issues around the Ministry’s provocative negotiating position. It’s not acceptable for MPI to come to the table with a take-it or leave-it approach and refuse to address what are valid proposals put forward by employees.”

“What the Ministry is trying to do is take away a number of hard fought employment conditions, arbitrarily change rosters and working hours , and present a new collective agreement which will essentially deliver a zero pay increase to the majority of staff.”

MPI is being intransigent and continues to insist that pay is not a subject for negotiation for the majority of staff.

As a result of the merger of MAF, Fisheries and Food Safety Authority, MPI has three different collective agreements.

Richard Wagstaff says it appears MPI is doing what it said it wouldn’t do, and is taking the opportunity to reduce pay and conditions by taking the lowest common denominators from the three contracts and seeking to apply them across the board.

The PSA is claiming a 3% pay increase for all staff from July 2012 and 2.5% for each of the following two years. MPI’s position is to offer a 1.5% increase to border staff, while the rest are expected to have their pay set at the discretion of management.

“MPI staff work hard to support and protect New Zealand’s essential industries, our native flora and fauna and the health of New Zealanders. They all deserve to have an expectation of a reasonable pay increase and a fair and transparent remuneration system” Mr Wagstaff says.

PSA members at MPI are now planning unpaid stopwork meetings next month to consider and vote on a plan of escalating industrial action.
The PSA is urging MPI to return to the negotiating table to try and discuss the issues in a reasoned and meaningful way.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news