Wellington Scoop

Defence Force civilian staff on strike; “low confidence in leadership”

News from PSA
Civilian staff of the New Zealand Defence Force in Wellington were on strike for two hours this morning, over the NZDF’s refusal to negotiate their pay as part of a new collective employment agreement.

Strike action was a;sp held in Palmerston North yesterday and there will be more action at Kauri Point and Devonport next week.

“This is not a decision our members have taken lightly, and they deeply regret that negotiations have come to this point,” PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says.

“Industrial action is always a last resort, and NZDF civilian staff take their jobs very seriously.

“But some of our members have not had a pay rise for 3 years, and many are paid up to $10,000 less than their equivalent roles at other organisations.

“Our members have decided to stand together and make their voices heard.”

A recent internal survey of NZDF staff revealed civilian staff had low confidence in leadership and relatively little sense of a common purpose, Mr Barclay says.

“The NZDF’s flat-out refusal to bargain on pay is disappointing,” he says. “We hope the action will show them the New Zealand public stands behind the NZDF – but that civilians are a crucial part of that.”

Friday 21 April, 0700 – 0900 – action at Wellington Railway Station