PSA and EPMU Media Release
Union members reject pay offer from TVNZ – industrial action to target high profile shows
Union members from the Public Service Association and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union have
overwhelmingly rejected a revised pay offer from TVNZ and will start rolling industrial action targeted at high profile
New Zealand-made programmes.
“There will be a series of surprise stoppages aimed at high profile New Zealand-made programmes,” said PSA National
Secretary Richard Wagstaff. “We want TVNZ to understand that we are serious about a settlement that recognises the
important role that TVNZ staff play.”
The unions have set up an Industrial Action Committee which will determine the timing and nature of the industrial
“We will not be giving TVNZ any notice of the stoppages which are aimed at showing the broadcaster the crucial role
staff play in operations.”
The unions are seeking a 5 percent pay increase and additional annual leave. TVNZ are offering a 2.25 percent pay
increase and no additional annual leave. This was been overwhelmingly rejected by union members.
“This industrial action is a last resort by union members who are tired of being taken for granted by TVNZ,” said
“TVNZ could stop this action immediately by offering a fair deal which shows that they value the important work staff
do,” said Andrew Little, EMPU National Secretary.
The unions represent over 300 members at TVNZ in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and are presenters, producers,
administrators, camera people and technical support and scheduling.