"Come on Naomi": IR members' half-day strike
Around New Zealand, 3000 IR workers walked off the job and held a four-hour strike. Here's our wrap up of the action!
Striking workers downed tools for four hours around the country, holding rallies, doing volunteer work at food banks and community groups, and baking cakes for Women’s Refuge.
"At Inland Revenue’s Upper Hutt office, we had nearly all our members walk out - 200 of them," PSA National Organiser Cheryl Reynolds says.
"We’re heartened at the strong spirit among our members, who are taking a big hit in the wallet today.
"They’re standing up for a fair deal from their employer, and we’re standing with them."
In Christchurch, members did voluntary work at the SPCA, Ronald McDonald House, Christchurch City Mission Food Bank and Rannerdale Veterans' Village.
"The organisations appreciated the members turning up to give their time, which was great to hear," PSA Organiser Shane Lean says.
Te Rapa members were "very impressed" by the amount of public support, with cars tooting as they drove past the rally.
Whangarei reported a good turnout both in walking off the job and marching through the city, while three sites in Auckland reported high numbers of members downing tools at 8.30am. Manukau members reported an "AWESOME vibe"!
In Palmerston North, veteran PSA Organiser John Shennan reported "great kōrero" at the rally while in Timaru, members baked delicious treats and took them to Women's Refuge.
In Dunedin, members enjoyed their time helping out at Presbyterian Support's food bank that they're discussing going back there to do it - and we heard the same story around the country.
It's this spirit of service that makes PSA members special. Our members at IR are showing huge commitment to getting a fair deal, and they know they have 65,000 PSA members behind them. To show your support, send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org