“Reaching this hard-won result was a testament to the principled and persistent action that PSA delegates and members took in seeking and securing a settlement they deserved from their employer,” said Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary.
“For the current financial year most members will receive a 4% increase, increasing to 6% from July 2019. Just as importantly the Ministry will now be moving to a step-based pay system and automatic progressions which it had consistently resisted”.
“The range of targeted industrial pressure taken between 19 September and 30 November to achieve a significant movement for better pay and better pay systems included more than 30 strikes and work-to-rule stoppages,” said Glenn Barclay.
“Our members only took actions that disrupted the Courts as a last resort, and it is both notable and significant that during this time their right to take those actions was supported by the Employment Court.
“A further sign of the strength of this result is that PSA membership at the Ministry – which was confirmed just last week as the lowest payer in the public service in 2017-2018 – has increased by more than 40% in a year where our overall membership has also grown past 70,000 members”.
Mr Barclay added that 2018 has been a year of steady progress in achieving improved settlements at many other core public service departments as well, including new collective agreements at Inland Revenue, MBIE, Corrections, Department of Internal Affairs, Statistics New Zealand, Parliamentary Service, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Land Information New Zealand, Te Puni Kokiri, and, earlier this week, the Ministry of Social Development.
“In 2019 the PSA is committed to pushing on with developing common standards for terms and conditions across the public service, and with specific reference to provisions that support the Gender Pay Principles”.
See also: MOJ industrial action strikes close to Courts
Around 1500 Ministry of Justice staff walked off the job for two hours today, with rallies held outside Courts across the country.
The show of unity and solidarity in the struggle for equity and fair pay across the Ministry of Justice saw the diverse range of justice workers taking action side by side: Court Security Officers, Court Registry Officers, Victim Advisors, Court Reporters, Family Court Coordinators and workers from the Ministry’s head office and specific courts such as the Māori Land Court.
“Ministry of Justice staff work hard to keep the court system working. This action wasn’t taken lightly by our members,” PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says.
“The PSA has been trying to negotiate a deal to get members fairly valued for the work that they do and that reduces the gender pay gap.
“Workers are seeking an outcome that values all staff and ensures they are reasonably paid. On Suffrage Day of all days we are also battling to ensure that the gender pay gap is reduced, not increased. At the Ministry it is far too high already, at 15%, and that must come down – and fast”.
“An added point that we think the Ministry of Justice is not paying enough attention to is the challenge they’re facing to recruit and retain staff. Vacancies keep growing and the Ministry’s high turnover of staff indicates that they need to value the staff they have more highly”.
From 4pm today the action will continue with a month-long ban on overtime and working outside contracted hours of work.
The gallery below is a selection of photos from strike action in Wellington. More photos from other locations will be added this week.