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Support workers stop work over wages

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/05/2016

Around 200 Waikato specialist support workers will stop work for two hours after they failed to finalise a new collective agreement with their employer.

Despite lengthy mediation between Community Living Limited and members of the Public Service Association and E tu unions on Monday, they were unable to come to a solution.

The company is offering a 15 cents an hour pay increase phased in over two years for union members, while those without a membership are being offered at least 30 cents more, the unions say.

"We are deeply disappointed that it's come to this," PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay said.

"This offer cements us into poverty wages and it's an insult to our members and the work they do."

Community Living Limited's Hamilton office will be picketed from workers from noon until 2pm on Thursday.

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