Public Service Association union members are urging
AgResearch to put its Future Footprint plans on hold and
rework the proposal with ''good levels'' of genuine
community, stakeholder, staff and union engagement.
Future Footprint is a $100 million restructuring plan aimed
at improving and modernising AgResearch's facilities,
allowing staff to contribute to New Zealand's economic
Much of the plan would be funded through the disposal of
under-utilised assets, which would result in the loss of
about 80 jobs from Invermay.
PSA assistant secretary Jeff Osborne said the association had
60 union members working at Invermay.
The union believed the progression of Future Footprint, as it
stood, carried undue risk to the future of AgResearch and its
members, he said.
''We note that Future Footprint implementation is a long-term
one - over several years.
''Therefore, we consider a genuine reassessment will not
unduly inhibit the production of quality outcomes over a
reasonable length of time. It will, in fact, enhance those
Mr Osborne said members' key issues were AgResearch
maintaining its reputation as a strong research organisation;
protecting customer and stakeholder relationships;
recognising the individual needs of staff and their families;
the physical and mental wellbeing of members; and the need
for smooth, transparent, well-communicated implementation of
Mr Osborne said the PSA would hold meetings with its members
in the next two weeks to collate their opinions about Future
Footprint, before meeting AgResearch chief executive Dr Tom
Richardson to discuss the issues.
''We're looking forward to a discussion with him, so we can
discuss our proposal.
''It's just to say our members fully back AgResearch, they
fully back the jobs they are doing, they want the
organisation to be well respected by its clients and by their
communities, and they just want to be able to work with their
employer to do that.''
It was hoped the discussion with Dr Richardson could take
place as part of a national PSA meeting of delegates next