A landmark agreement for Māori members, good progress in health bargaining and an agreement that includes a commitment to the PSA’s Transforming the Workplace Agenda are some of the highlights in bargaining this month.
The PSA’s Inland Revenue Rūnanga (Ngā Māngai Whakatōpū) and Inland Revenue’s Responsiveness to Māori area recently signed an engagement agreement, Te Manu Taupua. This is one of the outcomes of bargaining, and as far as we know, this is the first agreement of its sort in the public sector. The engagement agreement ensures better communication on areas of common interest such as recruitment and retention of Māori staff, advancing the Treaty of Waitangi principles, recognition of cultural skills, and tikanga processes in IR.
In a new collective agreement the Department of Internal Affairs has committed to work with the PSA on career development for the department’s staff “to build the capability to transform the workplace”. Money set aside to support development activities is accessible only to PSA members.
Community Public Services
A new collective agreement for workers at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Otago, after last year’s industrial action and the suspension of AFC staff by management.
A settlement was reached with Health care NZ and another bargaining round is beginning and members are being surveyed to identify bargaining issues.
We have just signed our first collective agreement with Emerge Aotearoa for the previous Richmond and Recovery Solutions workers. This has seen improvements in conditions for the growing membership. This is a great example of collective bargaining improving workers lives.
We have ratified a collective agreement Stand for Children with some improvements. The agreement will run for 12 months from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015.
We are just finishing meetings with Access Homehealth members supporting their issues for bargaining, we hope to meet with Access in August.
Members have just voted on their first collective agreement with Royal District Nursing Services and are about to start bargaining again.
Quit Group are in the process of winding up as the New National Telehealth Service has taken over this service. Our dedicated and dynamic members at Quit Group will be sorely missed and we wish them all the best with their future endeavours.
Recent collective agreement settlements in local government include Gisborne, Wairoa and Otorohanga District Councils.
Members at Auckland Council have recently ratified their new remuneration and performance systems. The Auckland Council collective agreement will be renegotiated in the next couple of months. Negotiations for the leisure centre Collective agreement are continuing and Auckland Transport is about to commence.
District Health Boards
PSA members working in DHBs in Nursing and in Allied, Public Health and Technical have been in bargaining for some months now and it looks like we’re getting close to an offer. Our bargaining teams in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand have been working hard to secure a good deal for our members. You can read more about the bargaining team and our members’ stories here:
Immediately after the Allied and Nursing bargaining, negotiations for DHB clerical will commence, firstly for the South Island followed by the Lower North Island.