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Lightning Strike Disrupts News

EPMU and PSA joint media release
3rd November 2006

Lightening Strike Disrupts News


Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and Public Service Association members at TVNZ took lightening strike action from 6:35am today resulting in disruption to morning news including an abrupt change of newsreader, the loss of a camera and extra advertising playing.

This is the fourth time workers have taken action and comes after TVNZ’s refusal to offer a five percent pay increase and fix issues with service leave.

EPMU National Secretary Andrew Little says the answer to the disruption is simple.

“Pressure on management will only get worse until the company comes back to the table with a decent offer - it’s not that hard to figure out.”

EPMU Organiser Rachel Mackintosh says the action was very successful.

“Hopefully the senior managers who are scrambling to cover this work will start to realise that TVNZ workers deserve a decent pay increase rather that the current below inflation offer.”

PSA Organiser Brenden Sheehan says union members just want a fair deal.

“It’s vital to our members that their hard earned service leave is maintained and their loyalty and dedication to the company is properly recognised.”

The EPMU and the PSA represent over 300 TVNZ workers between them.

ENDS

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