Your right to strike

1.    You can only strike if it relates to your bargaining.

•    You must be a PSA member covered by the PSA Auckland Allied, Public Health, Technical and Scientific MECA. Other PSA members can’t strike.
•    You must have been a member when the notice for a strike was put in. If you joined recently it is best to check with us first.

2.    You can still support us if you are on leave or can’t strike.

•    Join a picket on your break, before/after work, annual leave, or alternative-day.

3.    You can’t be ordered (back) to work, except where we agree

•    It’s unlawful for a manager to make you go/stay at work except where the union agrees so life preserving services (LPS) can run. This is agreed by Senior HR and PSA, not between you and your manager. Roles are listed here:

4.    You can’t be fired.

•    Or disciplined. Or discriminated against.   

5.    Don’t expect to be paid.

6.    You may be “strike suspended”– but don’t worry.

•    It’s not disciplinary action. It just means you won’t be paid during the strike. It ends when the strike ends. It’s not on your record.

7.    You can wear your uniform in most cases.

•    You can wear your uniform if (i) you would otherwise be wearing it if you weren’t on strike and (ii) it is allowed out of your work-space. (If you can wear it in your car on the way to work, you can wear it on the picket.)

8.    Don’t stay at home during a strike.

•    The more people on our protests the more impact we’ll have.

9.    Working during a strike undermines our cause.

•    Unless you’re doing life preserving services, everyone is encouraged to join us. Don’t let your colleagues down. Managers participation is optional.

10.    New staff generally can’t be employed to do your work.

•    The only exception is on health and safety grounds.  

11.    Non-striking workers can be asked, but generally not forced to do your work.

•    The only exception is on health and safety grounds.  

12.    There are simple rules for speaking to the media.

•    You can speak as an individual or with union authorisation on behalf of the PSA. You have to raise your issues with your employer first.
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