Bargaining update

Bargaining remains tough across all sectors with some members having to take industrial action.

Public Service

NZ Statistics- members have voted in favour of industrial action and are working to rule with a ban on overtime.

Ministry of Health– negotiations have broken down and members are voting on strike action.

Department of Conservation - bargaining is proceeding well and is close to a settlement.
Prison Service – meetings are underway as bargaining is about to commence.

State Sector

Worksafe- good progress been made and a settlement is close.

Community Public Services

Care NZ- first time collective agreement has been recently signed off.

Wellington and Hutt Community law – collective now includes a family and sexual abuse clause,

Wairarapa Community law- bargaining complete agreement to be ratified by members

Pathways - bargaining completed. Final draft being finalised before ratification meetings. 

Anglican Family Care – negotiations have broken down and members are taking industrial action.

Barnardos Residential Youth Workers – a two year collective agreement has been negotiated which includes  a modest pay increase from July2014 with a 2% increase in July 2015 and redundancy provisions.

Na Tonga Sound and Vision (formerly Sound Archive) – a new collective agreement has been negotiated that includes a new band pay system delivering significant pay increases.

Wellington Rape Crisis –a mid-term variation to the collective agreement is now in place.

Healthcare NZ – bargaining in progress.

Healthcare NZ Coordinators and Admin – bargaining will begin at the end of November.

Walsh Trust -  a new collective agreement has been negotiated that includes a  1% pay rise  backdated to 1 July, and an extra week’s leave after 5 years’ service and a members’ only payment of $180.

Mash – bargaining continues.

Corstonorphine Baptist trust – a settlement has been reached with a member-only increase.

District Health Boards

The Allied and Nursing multi-employer collective agreements (mecas) have been settled and ratified for short terms, enabling negotiations to recommence early in 2015. The South Island and Lower North Island clerical mecas have been settled for longer terms. Midland Clerical are currently in bargaining with the Auckland/Northland Clerical meca. Members covered by all these mecas have voted in favour of a bargaining fee for non-members to get access to these collective agreements.

Local Government

Recent settlements in Southland include pay adjustments of 1.8% at Environment Southland, 1.5% at Invercargill City Council and 3.27% (inclusive of a performance element) at Southland District Council, The Gore District Council settlement was a rollover. Settlement reached for collective agreement at Palmerston North City Council on a minimum increase of 2.2% for a 15 month document.

 Western Bay of Plenty District Council collective agreement has been settled with improvements in the paid parental leave and change management provisions.

 In Auckland the PSA is heavily involved in a significant review of the remuneration and performance systems. Member concerns in the region are focused on the proposed Long Term Council Plan which signals cuts in services and potential job losses. The PSA is engaging with the council around the review of council-controlled organisations (CCOs) in the region.