Welcome to more strike action


A Labour government means union strife, and there is plenty more to come. The NZ Herald reports: Quote:

Around 4000 staff of Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment around the country will walk off the job for two hours on Monday in a bid for better pay.

“This isn’t a decision our members have taken lightly but they feel they have no choice but to take industrial action,” PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay said.

“We’re asking for fair pay systems and a modest across-the-board pay increase but both employers have refused, and [Ministry of Business, Innovation sand Employment] even suggested staff work longer hours for the same pay.

“Public servants deserve better than this, and on Monday they will tell their employers that,” Barclay said in a statement.

Comment was being sought from Inland Revenue and MBIE.

PSA members will strike between 1pm and 3pm. In Auckland they will block the central city intersection of Queen St and Victoria St for 40 minutes before marching to Freyberg Place for a rally.

Marches and rallies will be held in other main centres including Wellington and Christchurch while in other towns and cities members have decided to do volunteer work. End quote.

We’ve had more strikes in nine months of hard Labour than nine long years of National. But, the more strikes the better. People have forgotten what it was like to have endless strikes by civil servants. All we need now is a Cook Strait ferry strike to bring us right back into the 1970s.

Public support for a union cause is strongest until the day they strike and start pissing people off. Blocking Queen Street for 40 minutes won’t get them any fans, in fact it will be the opposite. There will be no sympathy if people are held up in a city already congested by road works, train-set works and road-maggot lanes.