DOC staff to take industrial action as Conservation Week begins


1500 Public Service Association (PSA) members working at the Department of Conservation (DOC) have overwhelmingly voted to take industrial action starting on Wednesday, the middle of New Zealand’s Conservation Week.

Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary, said “It is time for DOC to start valuing the staff who fight every day to make 100% pure a reality.”

“DOC staff don’t take action lightly, but they are finding it increasingly hard to continue to do their jobs when their employer doesn’t value them.

“The offer from DOC management was rejected overwhelmingly with 95% of the vote against it.

“Conservation on the cheap only ends up hurting the endangered species and vast forests that DOC staff work so hard to protect.

“A public petition has also been launched, calling on DOC director-general Lou Sanson and Government ministers to value their staff as much as the public do.

“New Zealanders value DOC staff and the work they do – it is time for DOC management to do the same,” said Erin Polaczuk.




Details of the industrial action – November 4 to December 7

DOC staff will work to rule - working the hours they are paid (including only travelling in for work related purposes in work time) and taking the breaks they are entitled to. They will not answer phones or emails outside work hours.

DOC staff have also agreed to a ban on duty and stand by.

There is an exception to these for emergency Search and Rescue, Fire or Civil Defence call outs, where life or property is at risk, or where DOC members are providing essential services.


Petition to support DOC staff