Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Government open to pay negotiation with PS unions

The Government is interested in exploring a pay adjustment proposal with public sector unions, the Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins said today.

The announcement follows the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions writing to the Government proposing to enter into a process for a pay adjustment across the public sector.

“The Government is open to engaging further with the CTU and its affiliates,” Mr Hipkins (pictured) said.

“Taking a more strategic approach to public sector bargaining could reduce complexity and make the process more efficient and sustainable.

“I welcome the CTU’s initiative to establish a constructive and strategic approach to settling pay rates in the public sector in the context of significant fiscal pressures for the Government and cost of living challenges for workers.

“The Public Service Commission is preparing to engage with the CTU to get a process underway – subject to a further communications from the CTU – to work through any major challenges,” said Minister Hipkins.

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