Multi-ministry staff strike across country

  • 05/11/2015

Staff at New Zealand's super-ministry will go on strike protesting against a "culture of mistrust".

More than 1000 workers from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will take industrial action today, stopping work at 11am for two hours.

Staff at the Auckland MBIE office will march in a public rally down Queen St.

Their union, the Public Service Association, says MBIE is refusing to offer any pay increases and management continue to contribute to poor workplace culture.

PSA national secretary Erin Polaczuk said MBIE had offered zero percent pay movement across the board, and would not take action to "fix a poor workplace culture that is hurting morale".

But MBIE's general manager human resources Kate Wareham said it had offered a two percent pay increase which was "fair, reasonable and sustainable", and was greater than current inflation levels.

The pay increase had been offered to all members performing at or above their role requirements, but was rejected by staff.

A further strike is planned for November 23.