Escalating industrial action plan by health staff over pay

South Canterbury District Health Board staff are ready to strike for higher pay early next month, but the board has made no plans to deal with the disruption.

Public Service Association spokesman Asher Goldman said 115 board administrative, technical and nursing staff were prepared to work to rule, impose a ban on overtime and stop work altogether on September 2, in response to a 0.7 per cent pay rise offer from district health boards.

This included 48 administrative staff and 67 support staff in a variety of technical disciplines.

The industrial action was set to start on August 25, when PSA members would begin working strictly to their job descriptions. On August 10, union members would stop working overtime.

A two hour strike was planned for September 2, followed by a three hour strike on September 10. Goldman said the PSA said it would warn theboard about the action before the end of the week.

Board acting chief executive officer Christine Nolan said if the board received notice of industrial action, it would prepare contingency plans.

The Timaru Herald