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500 march in the rain for PSA strike in Wellington

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Thousands of PSA members around New Zealand walked off the job today in the first co-ordinated strike action in the public service for many years.

More than 4000 members at Inland Revenue (IR) and the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE) held a two-hour strike in towns and cities around the country.

In Wellington, around 500 people marched in cold rainy weather to tell their employers they want a fair deal.

“For many of our members, this was the first time they had ever taken part in a protest – let alone industrial action,” PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says.

“It was inspiring to see their enthusiasm and energy as they stood together with their union colleagues in support of a fair deal.”

We’ve heard IR were forced to close some regional front-line offices, and set up a separate 0800 number for people ringing to support our members,” Mr Barclay says.

“We hope today’s action gave them and MBIE pause for thought. Our members’ asks are extremely reasonable: a modest across-the-board pay increase, and fair pay systems.”

A further two-hour stoppage is planned for July 23.

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