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Ird Staff Vote To Strike

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Posted 04 May 2004 - 11:29 AM

IRD Staff Vote To Strike Despite Threat
Tuesday, 4 May 2004, 8:46 am
Press Release: National Union of Public Employees

IRD Staff Vote To Strike Despite Threat
“Inland Revenue Department staff voted today in favour of strike action despite a heavy handed threat from IRD to suspend them if they did so,” said Martin Cooney, Organiser of the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE). NUPE is one of three Unions representing IRD staff nationally.

“Our members have voted to strike from 9am tomorrow 4 May by refusing to undertake work outside their job descriptions,” said Martin Cooney.

“Our members thought it would be an industrial first if they were to be suspended for just doing their job and declining to ‘volunteer’ for other work,” said Martin Cooney. “Our members did not join the army - they thought they worked for IRD.”

Martin Cooney stated that the NUPE Collective Agreement negotiations began in October 2002 and IRD have not changed its position since that time.

“Work affected first up will be that of staff who are involved in managing peak calls and other staff who are doing correspondence and other services work instead of collecting debt,” said Martin Cooney.

“NUPE members have also protested recently about the inequity of the 1% pay offer made by IRD to team members as opposed to the 8.8% to team leaders.

This hardly inspires staff to volunteer to work outside their job description.”

http://www.scoop.co....0405/S00014.htm
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Posted 04 May 2004 - 02:08 PM

A GENERAL BREAKDOWN OF WHAT HAS BECOME A CORRUPT SYSTEM COVERING ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, NZ GOVERMNENT IS AS CORRUPT AND SICK AS MOST OR IF NOT ALL THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES,WHICH WE ARE FAST BECOMING,,,,,GOOD JOB!!!!


CAN`T WAIT TO SEE THE SYSTEM COLLAPSE

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Posted 04 May 2004 - 08:18 PM

Its good to see the ordinary IRD workers standing up for what they believe.

Funny how the bullied and overworked staff at acc havent made too much of a murmer until its too late.

In my opinion cowards will stay in their comfort zone incase they rock the boat and lose their jobs.
It is my opinion that many acc staff are cowards who pick on the disabled, injured and less able than themselves only because they have the bully boys and the big bucks behind them.

Cowards,Cowards,Cowards come out from behind big brothers apron strings and become human.

cheers
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Posted 10 May 2004 - 12:07 PM

Fair Pay, Not Massages, Wanted For Ird Staff
Monday, 10 May 2004, 11:33 am
Press Release: National Union of Public Employees

Fair Pay, Not Massages, Wanted For Ird Staff

“Inland Revenue Department are declining to pay for massages for staff who volunteer to do work outside their normal job this year and will only offer them from July if peak pressure increases,” said Martin Cooney, Organiser of the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE). NUPE members have been on strike since 4 May by refusing to undertake work outside their job descriptions

“IRD in Christchurch has decided that massages for staff will not be available in May and June because the assistance required in 2004 was significantly less than in 2003. We understand that they plan to review the offer of massages once the numbers of staff required for July and August is known,” said Martin Cooney. “Instead of taking on enough workers or offering to properly pay staff who volunteer to undertake overload duties on phones, IRD in previous years has provided a masseuse for an at work massage,” said Martin Cooney. “This does at least recognize the extra stress that the IRD process of ‘army volunteers’ places on staff but this is not the best way to deal with the issue.”

“IRD should be consulting Unions with proposals for change to work where they are looking at incentives such as massages, rather than simply offering or taking away massages depending on the number of volunteers they get.”

“Additionally, the IRD should pay its officers the same increases as its Team Leaders (8.8%), and not deal in these grace and favour incentives,” said Martin Cooney. “Staff want fair pay not shoulder rubs.”

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