MBIE staff protest salary negotiations

Last updated 12:13 13/06/2014
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TO THE STREETS: MBIE staff protest outside their workplace in Rangitikei St.

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Public Service Association members held a placard protest in Palmerston North this morning to draw attention to failed salary negotiations.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) staff members gathered outside the ministry's offices in Rangitikei St about 10am, holding placards and handing out PSA fliers to passers-by, calling on them to show their support.

While PSA delegates would not comment on the negotiations, the PSA said in the fliers that 1150 workers around the country were striking nationwide after becoming increasingly frustrated with the MBIE's ''refusal to offer decent wage movement''.

''After a year, the best pay offer is zero for those entitled to progression through their salary scale, and 1 per cent for everyone else.''

A striking worker said the negotiation process and a lack of transparency had left her feeling ''a bit ripped off''.

''Everything's a bit unfair. Everything's secret agent, everything's undercover. Who's actually making all the decisions? I'm feeling undervalued here.''

Fairfax Media reported earlier this week MBIE corporate services deputy chief executive Peter Thomas said the industrial action was disappointing.

The package the ministry had offered would result in an average 2.1 per cent increase for association members.

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- Manawatu Standard

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