In­dus­trial ac­tion con­tin­ues

Taranaki Daily News - - National News -

Court staff have cranked up their in­dus­trial ac­tion, with a ban on video-link court ap­pear­ances. The na­tional ban ap­plies to Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers who have so far been work­ing to rule, and some­times strik­ing, in sup­port of a pay claim. They will also ban all pre-ar­ranged sen­tenc­ings, although peo­ple who plead guilty may still be sen­tenced on the spot. The ac­tion means some re­mand pris­on­ers may spend longer in cus­tody. The in­dus­trial ac­tion is now in its sev­enth week. Sev­eral strikes have been held in­clud­ing a half-day strike on Wed­nes­day, which closed court build­ings all over the coun­try. In Christchurch, staff took to the streets with plac­ards sup­port­ing their claim.

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