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#Current news

  • PSA and MPI back in bargaining - 20 - 23 May
  • PSA and MPI attended Mediation over the Regional Ports Officer COPS transition - 9 May
  • General collective agreement bargaining resumes on Mon 20 May for four days
  • Fisheries Observers proposed collective agreement - discussions happened again on 13 May and 14 May
  • Auckland BCS roster negotiations - the interest-based / problem-solving  negotiations continued on Fri 3 May. Progress continues to be made.

 #Previous news

Apr

  • Full Bargaining update can be found on the Bargaining page [24 Apr]
  • Auckland Dog Handers roster dispute - PSA and MPI attended formal Mediation in February and reached a settlement conditional on member support. This support has been given and the dispute section of this issue has been settled. The overall issue of developing an appropriate roster for the Handlers and the Kennel Assistants is been worked on in a high involvement interest based problem solving process similar but separate to the main Auckland BCS roster discussions. [20 Apr]
  • Regional Ports Officer review - Draft recommendations have come out from MPI. [12 Apr]
  • Negotiations 2, 3 and 5 Apr - the PSA bargaining advocates (delegates) and PSA organisers met MPI for three days of discussions. Due to the recent start of the new Director General MPI is waiting for some central government paperwork to be signed off before formal bargaining can begin. We have however already -
    1. heard from MPI on what is happening / planned for the Ministry for the future
    2. presented our key issues (our claims)
    3. had discussions with MPI on some of our key issues including Response payments and processes and Flexible Working arrangements
    4. Spent most of a day working on the GSR pay system with MPI
  • Auckland BCS roster negotiations - the interest-based / problem-solving  negotiations continued on Thu 4 Apr. Progress continues to be made slowly.

Mar

  • Regional Ports Officer COPS transition - Regional Ports Officers were transitioned to a lower, incorrect step following the end of bargaining 2017. MPI will not move them to the correct step. PSA and MPI are now going to Mediation on 9 May to try and resolve this. [31 Mar]
  • MPI Life insurance review - MPI has started a review of the life insurance it provides to some employees. We have some members who receive this. We have advised MPI that we believe this provisions should be provided to all front-line  staff who face high risk situations. [29 Mar]
  • Auckland Border negotiations - The Auckland roster sub-committee met with MPI and the high-involvement consultants for further discussions - 27 Mar
  • Pre bargaining vote - The outcome was – the proposed Collective Agreement will be ratified when 50% plus 1 of members voting, vote in favour of accepting - 93% in favour, the claims as per the Bargaining Claims document on the webpages are endorsed - 96% in favour, the bargaining team will be the National Delegates Committee with a sub-committee of advocates - 96% in favour. 245 members voted. [closed 22 Mar]
  • Fisheries Observers next dates - The negotiations set for 25 and 26 Mar have been moved back to 13 / 14 May. This is because of delays in getting Govt sign-off before MPI is allowed to formally bargaining. 22 May
  • "Future Auckland Border" - The Auckland BCS roster sub-committee met with Steve Gilbert and the MPI team to continue the negotiations on the Auckland Project  [18 - 19 Mar]
  • Fisheries Observers next dates - the next negotiation dates are set for 25 and 26 Mar 2019. Report back can be found on the Bargaining page - Bargaining

Feb

  • National Delegates Bargaining meeting - The National Delegates Committee met for two days to finalise the Bargaining claims and arrangements. 28 Feb 
  • Target Evaluators meetings Auckland -  members attended pre-Bargaining meetings [18 Feb]
  • Border members meetings Auckland - Auckland Border members attended pre-Bargaining meetings [11 Feb]
  • Dog Handlers roster dispute - PSA and delegates attended Mediation with MPI over one part of the Dog Handlers roster dispute [5 Feb]

Jan

  • PSA formally initiated the start of bargaining with MPI [30 Jan]
  • Phone allowance dispute - PSA has accepted in principle the offer made by MPI. Details are being sorted out and information will be sent to BCS members shortly. [23 Jan]
  • Retiring Leave Case - most members should have been written to by now with payment of settlement to be made end of January. [17 Jan]
  • Compliance - Steph Rowe and PSA has agreed to set up a pre-bargaining working group to see if we can address some of the issues before negotiations start. This is an opportunity to sit down with Compliance management and work through some of the issues and get resolutions, to then be checked off by the whole of MPI bargaining team (the National Delegates). 18 Dec
  • Fisheries Observers bargaining - Delegates and organisers met with MPI for the first day of negotiation. A full communication will be out soon. 17 Dec

2018 -  2018-activity2.docx


#Work done

BS&II allowance. Biosecurity Surveillance and Incursion Investigation teams have received increased annual allowances. This increase has come about because the PSA new collective agreement (2017) included an increase in the On Call Duty payments (clause 4.4).

Compliance and PSA. PSA Compliance delegates and Compliance director Steph Rowe have put in place regular PSA delegates / Compliance management national meetings. These have proved to be productive, worthwhile meetings where we have discussed projects and issues. PSA values the opportunity to engage with senior management in this way.

Dog Handlers roster dispute Auckland - Handlers were moved onto a roster that reduced their days off from 4 to 2. Talks between the PSA and MPI to resolve this broke down. There were concerns for the health and safety of the Handlers. There was media coverage of the issue. We raised two legal challenges over the impact of the changes.  PSA and MPI attended formal Mediation in February and reached a settlement conditional on member support. This support has been given and the dispute section of this issue has been settled. The overall issue of developing an appropriate roster for the Handlers and the Kennel Assistants is been worked on in a high involvement interest based problem solving process similar but separate to the main Auckland BCS roster discussions. [20 Apr 2019]

IMC rosters. The PSA had been concerned at roster changes at the Auckland IMC and non-consecutive RDOs for members. Rosters with consecutive RDOs are better for members’ well-being. In Feb the Mail Centre announced that consecutive days off would be maintained for members with extra resourcing being brought in to ensure this.

Infringement notices. For health and safety reasons Quarantine Inspectors do not want to have inspectors names on infringement notices and instead replace names with numbers. PSA members and delegates have been active for a while in raising this issue. On 7 May MPI announced it has started a process to make the change, it should take 4 to 6 months.

Phone allowance - MPI has withdrawn the phone allowance from most Border staff. PSA arranged with MPI to provide a "buy-out" of the allowance, and to backpay members who should have been receiving the allowance over the last couple of years.

Retirement leave court case. In 2017 the PSA had a win against MPI in the Employment Court regarding payment of retiring leave. The finding of the Court was that for purposes of calculating retiring leave a “working day” should be paid as if the day had been worked.  This means that for workers normally working 11.5 hour shifts, payment should be made on the basis of 11.5 hour day, and if they are entitled to regular allowances on top of base pay, these must be included in the calculation also.    

Regional Ports Officer COPS transition - Regional Ports Officers were transitioned to a lower, incorrect step following the end of bargaining 2017. At the heart of this is the self managing, all encompassing role the RPOs have and whether it is recognised.  MPI have announced they a review of the role to resolve this in the future and has involved the PSA in the review. The transition step dispute has been resolved by PSA and MPI in Mediation.