Decent pay Decent workplaces

Collective bargaining is one of the important ways by which PSA members can improve their living standards and quality of working life.

In bargaining the PSA negotiates towards the following 4 goals:

1. Fair pay, democratic pay systems

  • The real value of pay is maintained
  • Low and unfair pay rates are targeted
  • Pay scales are bargained and ratified by members, and included in their collective agreement
  • Transparent salary progression replaces discretionary bonuses and ranges of rates
  • Performance management is uncoupled from pay and linked to career development
  • Pay and employment equity is actively promoted.

2. Improving the quality of working life

  • Quality flexible working hours are in the collective agreement
  • Support for training and career development
  • Annual leave on top of the statutory minimum
  • Practical support for workers moving into retirement or other life changes.

3. Strong workplace organisation

Strong delegate structures are at the heart of organised and democratic workplaces.  The PSA negotiates for:

  • Paid time for delegates to carry out their role
  • Regular union meeting times
  • Access to resources such as internal mail, notice boards, meeting space.
  • Support for union recruitment.

4. Workplace partnership agreements

Workplace partnership agreements give union members a voice in decisions and contribute to improved productivity and service delivery. They demand a commitment from the union and management to:

  • Hold regular and informative meetings for management and delegates
  • Allow delegates time to discuss issues with members and receive feedback
  • Provide join training for delegates and management
  • Create a culture of partnership.

Documents

Media Releases

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News from the PSA. pay equity - lessons from Australia
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Australian labour activist Lisa Heap is a passionate advocate for pay equity.

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News from the PSA. Employment law changes pass
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Employment law changes pass

On Thursday 30 October, the Employment Relations Act Amendment Bill became law.

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New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable New Zealanders

The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone.

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News from the PSA. Congress 2014
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Congress 2014

Post-election analysis, Transforming the Workplace, a union merger and gender equity were the hot topics at last week’s congress.

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New agreement means big changes for NZ’s fastest growing health sector

The Government, unions, District Health Boards and home and community support providers have signed off on an agreement that will significantly change the fastest growing sector in New Zealand’s health system – providing support to elderly and disabled people in their homes.

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