PSIS members voting on three options

Finsec members will be casting an indicative vote on three options following collective bargaining last week.  The first two options are offers from PSIS – one is for an 18 month term with a 2.5% increase for the first twelve months, and a further 1.5% for the duration of the term. The second option is for a 12 month term with a 2.5% increase. There was also some movement on staffing issues and domestic leave.

However, as neither offer meets the mandate of Finsec members on pay or other issues, a third option is being put to the vote, of rejecting both offers and taking further action.

Union Councillor and bargaining team member Helen Taunt from PSIS Napier, described bargaining this year as one step forward two steps back. “My experience, which is echoed around the country, is that we’ve never worked harder. We are all experiencing extra pressure and doing extra training. It’s pretty deflating to be told that somehow there’s a 0% increase in productivity!”

Helen said that PSIS’s low estimation of inflation also didn’t match up to her experience of constantly rising costs. “We thought we were moving forward in greater partnership with PSIS. There’s now a lot of anger that this isn’t reflected in the offers on the table.”


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