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13 Jul - 8 Major Advantages of 12-Hour Shifts -

2 Jul - restructuring in BT & IS - MPI has announced a restructuring BT & IS. The final decision on the proposal will be announced on 1 August. Any members affected who need union support please make contact with us.

28 Jun - new PSA members / $750 payment - MPI has now agreed with PSA to provide the $750 payment to new PSA members (members who joined since the end of bargaining last year)

27 Jun - Dog Handlers roster dispute - MPI have presented some more realistic / workable options to the PSA. Members and delegates will be discussing these.

25 Jun - Call Out payments - If you are On-Call, and do any work you should get paid for the time spent. It is not included in the On-Call allowance. MPI have confirmed this, and we are still talking about what extra payment should be made to cover the disruption (over and above the time).

19 Jun - Member meetings in Christchurch - Three member meetings were held in Christchurch (two for Border / COPS, one for GSR) to provide an update on current union projects and to discuss the upcoming bargaining. Thanks very much to the members and delegates who attended, the conversations about pay and rosters were great and really informative.

19 Jun - GSR Labs work -  PSA has put forward a list of roles to be covered and is seeking regular meetings with MPI to work on this project

16 Jun - Support Officers Equal Pay claim -We've gone through information provided to us from MPI regarding the extent of the Equal Pay problems. We have confirmed that the initial claim will be for Support Officers (and similar roles) only at this stage. We have asked for more detailed information on the Support Officers and will bring together member representatives soon to discuss the information and work on the Equal Pay problems with the aim of preparing solutions.

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Compliance PSA delegates / management national meetings

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.

Biosecurity Surveillance and Incursion Investigation teams improved On Call Duty allowance

These 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). Thanks to the PSA members in BS&II who have supported the union by their membership, and enabled us to bargain improved terms and conditions.

Mail Centre 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.

Names on 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 long time 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.

Retiring Leave 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.    


31 May - GSR pay bands - PSA submits to MPI on the GSR pay bands (email / Bulletin sent to members)

25 May - Dog Handlers roster dispute - PSA members voted down an MPI modified current roster designed to encourage members back to the table to discuss a long-term replacement to the existing roster. We're discussing what forms of action we do to get MPI to provide a real solution to this dispute.

22 May - Fisheries Observers collective agreement - PSA has initiated (served notice) on MPI that we wish to start bargaining for a separate Collective Agreement for the Fisheries Observers

16 May - Travel times to Park and Ride, Auckland - At the request of PSA MPI ran a survey of travel times. It showed reasonable average times but much longer times on some occasions (lack of consistency) and crowed buses. MPI will present the results to Auckland Airport.

10 May - $750 payment - MPI will not provide new union members with the same $750 payment it is providing to non-union staff. PSA has requested MPI attend Mediation to resolve this.

8 May - Names on 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 has raised this and MPI is making the change, it should take 4 to 6 months.

7 May - Equal Pay (Gender Pay Gap) - We have emailed Support Officer asking for members who want to help out with this project.

7 May - Phone allowance - Some members are not receiving a phone allowance as they are entitled to under clause 7.21 of the Collective Agreement. We have raised this with MPI and asked for entitlements to be paid immediately.

2 May - Dog Handlers roster dispute - MPI has put a modified current roster to PSA members to vote on in order members back to the table to discuss a long-term replacement to the existing roster. PSA has also raised two disputes / claims over the breaches of the current collective agreement.

2 May - Equal Pay (Gender Pay Gap) - PSA has put an information request to MPI for full pay information on the roles covered by the Equal Pay claim, that is Support Officers and similar roles.

1 May - Response payments - There appears to be a difference of opinion between what members and MPI want in terms of payments and TOIL arrangements for Response situations. Delegates have proposed a new clause to MPI, 1 May 2018.

30 Apr - ISSUE - Compliance TOIL - MPI has said they will tidy up and provide Compliance staff with the additional TOIL that they have earned following the change from 88 hours/ fortnight to 80 hours/ fortnight. Compliance delegates have been asking for this since the new Collective Agreement was put in place. This does not affects  Animal Welfare, Food, General Investigators and Support Officers.

30 Apr - CONDITIONS - Improved On Call Duty allowance - This allowance has increased for the Biosecurity Surveillance and Incursion Investigation teams thanks to improved conditions in the new Collective Agreement

24 Apr - ISSUE - Employee names on infringement notices - In March PSA wrote to MPI to ask for this to be changed. Late Apr MPI replied and said there would be announcement on this on 11 May

12 / 16 Apr - DISPUTE - Auckland Dog Handlers roster - Management have said no to a "x4" roster option. Discussions are continuing on whether there is any way forward. 

9 Apr - DISPUTE - Auckland Dog Handlers roster - Delegates and organiser meet MPI management to further repeat that the current 4 x 2 should be changed back to a 4 x 4 or otherwise to a 5 x 4. Again waiting for management's next response

5 Apr - Fisheries Observers proposed collective agreement - National Delegates have agreed to proceed with a separate collective agreement for the Observers. We have developed a set of claims.

4 Apr - GSR Pay system review - After sign off by the National Delegates, PSA sent a proposed action plan to MPI for the review

3 Apr - DISPUTE - Auckland Dog Handlers roster - Delegates and organiser meet with Dog Handlers members to discuss the MPI rejection of their roster proposal. Dog Handlers delivered a collective open letter to MPI asking for resolution to the dispute.

28 Mar - DISPUTE - Auckland Dog Handlers roster - DDH delegates met with Auckland Border management who turned down their roster proposal [updated - see above]

23 Mar -UNION - Bulletin sent to Compliance members

22 Mar - HEALTH & SAFETY - Quarterly National Safety and Wellbeing Committee meeting - PSA attending this meeting in Auckland. A number of issues and matters were discussed. PSA raised the issues of names on infringement notices (see below) and the parking situation at Auckland office / airport terminal

19 Mar -ISSUE - Names on infringement notices - There is a health and safety risk for Border officers having to put their names on infringement notices. PSA has written to MPI to ask for this to be changed. [updated - see above]

16 Mar - ISSUE - Quarantine Assistants (QA) pay steps - QAs moved onto COPS last year but they have no progression steps. We are negotiating with MPI to introduce steps

14 Mar - ISSUE - Auckland Park and Ride problems - Delegates are running a survey of all members at the ITB to record the travel times and problems getting to the Terminal from the Park and Ride

13 Mar - UNION - National Delegates meeting - 13 / 14 March national MPI delegates met in Wellington for their regular quarterly meeting, the first this year. A full report back will be sent to members soon.

13 Mar - DELEGATES - Welcome to Stacey Broom, Senior Policy Analyst and delegate who has joined the National Delegates Committee representing Analysts / Policy. Thanks for getting involved.

12 Mar - PROJECT - Target Evaluators (TE) move to COPS - PSA organiser and delegates have been meeting with TE management and HR to develop a new set of pay steps for TEs. We have developed a draft set of steps and proposed rates. This was done before Christmas. There has been a response back from MPI. We need to meet again with them soon to discuss further.

7 Mar - UNION / MANAGEMENT - Compliance national catch-up - PSA Compliance delegates Chris Hearfield and Garreth Jay met Steph Rowe on Wed 7 Mar, in our regular PSA delegates / Compliance management national catch-ups. Also present was the PSA national organiser. It was a good productive meeting and PSA values the opportunity to engage with senior management in this way. Our next meeting will be at the end of June in Christchurch.

5 Mar - DISPUTE - Auckland DDH roster - PSA organiser and delegates meet with DDP management to present a new proposed roster. Management are considering it and will respond by the end of next week [updated - see above]

5 Mar - PROJECT - Auckland Rotational (Deployment) rosters - PSA organiser and delegates meet with Stu Rawnsley and Merv Alexander. We discussed again the ongoing issue of needing rosters that provide more certainty and stability for Rotational members. MPI agreed that improving work life balance is important and are looking at short term improvements, and a longer term solution (the whole of Auckland rosters project).

5 Mar - ISSUE - Auckland Park and Ride problems - PSA organiser and delegate met with MPI Airport management to discuss. Agreed to put together a joint union / management group to get information on the problems, and then take that to the Auckland Airport company [updated - see above]

1 Mar - PROJECT - GSR Pay system review - PSA organisers meet with MPI management late February to discuss the scope of the GSR pay system review. The suggestions from that meeting will be discussed by the MPI national delegates in mid-March and if accepted will be turned into actions and projects. We’ll update you again at that point [updated - see above]

1 Mar - DELEGATES - New Christchurch delegates - Thanks to these excellent PSA members for putting their hand up for the roles. The new PSA delegate team for MPI Christchurch is: Di Anderson, Vicki Burton, Andrew Dugmore (Duggy), Lizzie Dowling, Mark Stewart, Katie Todd and Robert Wagener. Thanks to members for supporting them, and thanks to our recent delegates for the work they contributed in the role. Much thanks to Kimberley Sell, Popo Loua and Tom Hollings.