A dispute has erupted between AgResearch and the Public
Service Association over the union's decision to release a
survey showing only 1% of respondents were happy to shift as
part of restructuring.
The survey released last week also showed more than 40% of
the 104 respondents who have been told their positions would
be moved as part of the organisation's Future Footprint plan,
intended to retire or find work elsewhere, rather than move.
AgResearch chief executive Dr Tom Richardson said in a
statement it was ''deeply disappointing'' the survey was
released before the PSA had any discussions with AgResearch
management or the staff involved.
''A number of our staff, including delegates, have contacted
management expressing their bitter disappointment at the
union's actions,'' Dr Richardson said.
The release of the survey also broke an agreement made
between AgResearch and the PSA, he said.
''The PSA had originally undertaken the survey as a basis for
a co-operative union and AgResearch approach to supporting
staff through the Future Footprint proposal,'' he said.
Dr Richardson also told Radio New Zealand recently that staff
had resigned from the union over the release of the survey,
but did not respond to questions on the issue by the Otago
PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff disputed the
suggestion number of its AgResearch members had resigned from
the union as a result of its decision to release survey
results Mr Wagstaff was aware ''one person may have'' left
over the decision, but no more than that.
He was also unaware of any agreement between the union and
AgResearch about the release of the survey.
''There seems to be a misunderstanding about that,'' he said.
The ''real issue'' was the results of the survey, which the
union was looking forward to discussing with AgResearch next