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4000 PSA members at IR and MBIE walk off job today

WHEN: Monday 9 July, 1pm - 3pm (TODAY)

WHERE: PSA members at IR and MBIE take industrial action

WHAT: venues around the country (see below - please note rain venues for Auckland)

PSA members at Inland Revenue (IR) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) are taking strike action on Monday 9 July between 1 and 3pm.

Rallies will be held in towns and cities across New Zealand, while other groups of employees have decided to help their communities by doing volunteer work for the period of industrial action.

"This isn’t a decision our members have taken lightly, but they feel they have no choice but to take industrial action," PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says.

"To put it into perspective, members at IR have not taken strike action in 22 years.

"We’re asking for fair pay systems and a modest across-the-board pay increase, but both employers have refused - and MBIE even suggested staff work longer hours for the same pay.

"Public servants deserve better than this, and on Monday they will tell their employers that."

Rallies, marches and community work will be held as follows:

WELLINGTON - Meeting at Midland Park 1:20pm, march to IR Asteron building - rally outside - then back to Stout Street for rally and speeches from CTU President Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay

CHRISTCHURCH - 1.30pm members to meet at Cashel St Mall outside MBIE. 1.40pm - 2.10pm March down the mall area to the Bridge of Remembrance for rally

AUCKLAND SOUTH - March from Osterley Way to corner Manukau Station Road and Osterley Way, then to Manukau Court at 1:45pmfor rally and speakers (rain venue: MIT lecture theatre, 25 Davies Ave, Manukau)

AUCKLAND CENTRAL - occupy the 4 corners of the Queen Street and Victoria Street Intersections until 1:40pm then march to Freyberg Place for rally (rain venue: Ellen Melville Hall, Freyberg Place)

WHANGAREI - Start outside IR in Whangarei and march to venue at Forum North

HAMILTON - March down Victoria Street meeting with MBIE to Garden Place. Speeches at Garden Place 1:50/ 2pm

TAURANGA - March down Cameron Road to the Strand. Rally at the Strand at 1.30.

DUNEDIN - March from IR office to PSA office

PALMERSTON NORTH - Rally at Globe Theatre, Main St, Palmerston North

INVERCARGILL - Members doing volunteer work at Ronald McDonald House from 1:15pm Southland Hospital

NELSON - Members doing Tahunanui clean-up day. Meet at open area near the volleyball courts (near the Beach Café)

TIMARU - Members doing volunteer work at 1pm - SC Hospice Church Street shop

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