Updates from bargaining across the PSA
At Victoria University, PSA members joined our friends in the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) in voting to take industrial action in support of general (non-academic) staff. The first action, ‘I See Red’, involved union members wearing red and playing the Split Enz song in their offices and at their desks in a sign of solidarity. After this, the University made an improved offer for general staff, which members have since accepted.
Wellington City Council members made history, signing the first collective agreement since the 1990s that covers all of our non-management members working for the numerous different parts of the council. This includes significant improvements for our general members to bring them up to some of the same conditions won by the library bargaining teams.
Our University of Auckland (UoA) members also voted to take industrial action alongside their colleagues in the TEU. They’re calling for the University to pay the living wage to all staff, and for the lowest paid staff who need it most to get the highest percentage increases. Unfortunately, UoA are so far refusing to make an offer that fulfils these demands.
Both unions have joined together to hold two separate one-hour strikes, and members are refusing to work more than their contracted hours, with email out-of-office replies and signs on the doors helping to build a sense of collective action.
A new agreement still looks some way away, and more action is expected.