Statistics NZ workers strike for more pay

Staff at Statistics New Zealand are going on strike after a breakdown in collective bargaining.

The Public Service Association says 425 members will take a full day of strike action tomorrow, including holding a two hour rally in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Labour MPs Darien Fenton and Grant Roberston, and the Greens Jan Logie and Metiria Turei will be there to lend their support.

PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff says members want a two percent pay rise and “a system that is clear, fair and negotiated”.

“Statistics have refused any across-the-board pay increase, leaving staff falling further behind the cost of living.

“There is some irony in the very workers who calculate CPI not being able to keep up with it,” Mr Wagstaff says.

When asked by ONE News if the industrial action was politically motivated, Mr Wagstaff replied “absolutely not”.

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