Court staff strike pay deal with Ministry of Justice

Auckland District Court.
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The Public Service Association is celebrating a new collective agreement for court staff.

After what's described as one of the most drawn-out disputes of the year, a solution has been reached with the Ministry of Justice.

PSA president Glenn Barclay says it's a win for their members.

"They will be receiving in the current financial year around a 4 percent increase, increasing to 6 percent from July."

The ministry will also move to step-based pay system.

Mr Barclay says it's a huge relief.

"It's been a long, hard-fought campaign, and our members will be able to sleep easy at night knowing it's been resolved before they go into the Christmas break."

Court staff took industrial action between September and November, carrying out a number of rolling strikes and work-to-rule stoppages.

Mr Barclay says while it's a huge win, there's lots on the agenda next year.

"We're particularly keen to promote the gender pay principles, to work towards closing the gender pay gap."

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