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Monday 28 November 2005
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is finalising contingency measures
for a strike planned by the PSA for this Friday. The strike notice is for 24
hours from 4:30am on Friday 2 December 2005, and covers all PSA members who are
employees of MAF. Such a strike would have the most impact on MAF quarantine
operations at airports and ports.
"We expect disruption at ports and airports and are finalising options to
manage reductions in service levels and potential delays," MAF's Quarantine
Service general manager Ken Harris said.
"We apologise unreservedly for any disruption that this may cause the many
people and businesses who use our border services. MAF does not want strike
action and is exploring all options to avoid it.
"We have been in close contact with airports, airlines, ports, shipping
companies and importers to mitigate any impacts of a strike. We will provide
further updates as soon as we can," he said. (NB: The strike only affects MAF
staff and so does not affect other border services such as Customs and
"At airports we will be seeking to minimise delays to passenger clearances.
Of particular concern is the clearance of perishable risk goods and we will work
closely with importers on how this can best be managed. Our focus will be on the
areas of highest biosecurity risk.
"Regular updates will be provided to potentially affected organisations as we
finalise contingency arrangements.
"MAF is currently in mediation with the PSA and is also seeking to get an
injunction tomorrow from the High Court to overturn the strike. We cannot assume
that either of these measures to prevent the strike will be successful and are
planning accordingly," Ken Harris said.
Media contact: Brett Sangster, Director Corporate Communications Phone:
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