Further strike action at IRD tomorrow

Press Release – Public Service Association

WHAT: 3000 Inland Revenue workers take half day strike action

WHEN: Wednesday 1 August, 0830 – 1230 (Auckland) or 0900 – 1300 (rest of NZ)

WHERE: Rallies and events at various locations around NZ – see below
PSA members at the Inland Revenue Department (IR) will hold a 4-hour strike tomorrow (1 August), because their employer is refusing to come back to the table to discuss pay and pay systems.

Nearly 3000 IR workers will walk off the job in centres around New Zealand.
PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay says this was a hard decision for many members to take, but they feel like they have no choice.

“One in four staff is paid less than $48,000, and we have heard many stories of IR workers struggling to make ends meet, relying on the tax credits they themselves administer,” Mr Barclay says.

“That’s not fair, and it’s not right.

“Our members are asking for two very reasonable things: fair pay systems and a modest across-the-board pay rise.

“We aren’t asking for a government handout – IR has got the money to do this.
“PSA members are standing together because they want a fair deal and a better working life.”

In Auckland, members will walk off the job from 0830 to 1230 – in all other centres, they will walk off from 0900 to 1300.
Details of actions around NZ
Whangarei: 12pm March around town
Manukau: 11am Lunch rally at Manukau Court Square
Takapuna: 11am Lunch rally at the square in front of Takapuna War Memorial Hall
Penrose: 11am Lunch rally at the E tū Office
Hamilton: 12pm placards around the block of IR building
Te Rapa: 9am – 10:30am placards at the lights on the corner of Te Rapa Straight and Garnett Ave
Palmerston North: Rally at The Globe
Wellington: 11.00am – 12.30pm Q&A session at PSA House
Christchurch: Community work at SPCA, Ronald McDonald House, Christchurch City Mission and Rannerdale War Veteran Retirement Home
Timaru: Community work baking for Women’s Refuge
Dunedin: Community work with Presbyterian Support to help with foodbank and clearing gardens at their Manse House in Moray Place
Members in Invercargill, Nelson, Gisborne, Napier, Greymouth and Tauranga will walk off the job.

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