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COVID-19 Corrections Updates

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Date Sent Subject Line
 02 April PSA Corrections General - Covid19 Update 6
 27 March Community Probation COVID-19A
 26 March PSA Corrections Covid19 Update 4
 25 March PSA Corrections COVID19 update 3
 24 March PSA Corrections Covid Update
 24 March Community Probation Covid-19 Update
 20 March Covid-19 Together we will work together
 19 March Membership Meetings COVID-19 Update
 17 March Corrections NDC - Prisons and Managers Meeting April
 19 February PSA MERS-CoV Corona virus update

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Corrections Updates

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Date Sent Subject Line  
2020    
 09 April PSA Corrections COVID-19 Update 9 - Face Masks and CAG Access All Corrections
 09 April PSA Community Probation COIVD -19 9 April  Community Probation 
 06 April PSA Corrections Covid update 7 - General information All Corrections
 03 April Covid-19 Update - Community Probation Community Probation
 02 April PSA Corrections General - Covid19 Update 6 All Corrections
 31 March Connecting with Corrections during COVID-19 Community Corrections
 30 March PSA Corrections Update 5 PPE - General All Corrections
 27 March Community Probation COVID-19A Community Probation
 26 March PSA Corrections Covid19 Update 4 All Corrections
 25 March PSA Corrections COVID19 update 3 All Corrections
 24 March PSA Corrections Covid Update All Corrections
 24 March Community Probation Covid-19 Update Community Probation
 20 March First Responder Bill PSA Update  
 20 March Covid-19 Together we will get through All Corrections
 19 March Membership Meetings COVID-19 Update All Corrections
 17 March Corrections NDC - Prisons and Managers Meeting April  Prisons
 12 March PSA Rūnanga Delegate Expression of Interest  
 21 February PSA National Delegates Meeting Feb17-18 Delegates
 20 February PSA Prisons Update February Prisons
 19 February PSA MERS-CoV Corona virus update All Corrections 
 27 January Update for Community Based Corrections Members Frontline Community
     
2019     
 29 November Competencies, EO Role and Equal Pay Community Corrections
 September Corrections Prisons September update Prisons 
 August Corrections Prisons August update Prisons
 June Community Corrections June 2019 Update Community Corrections 
 January  Community Corrections Update  Community Corrections
     
2018     
 November Community Corrections November 2018 Update Community Corrections 
 September Community Corrections September 2018 Update Community Corrections

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40 Hour Campaign FAQs

40 Hours Campaign Flowchart

40 Hour Campaign Comic - Just Do My 40 


 

40 Hour Campaign FAQs

How do I only do 40 hours and keep myself safe?

  • Identify the pieces of work that you aren’t able to complete in 40 hours each week
  • Discuss this with your manager and agree what work you will prioritise
  • Record the discussions you have
  • Clearly communicate unfinished work to your manager at the end of the 40 hour week – it’s best to follow this up with an email.
  • If you have problems working with your manager to help maintain a healthy 40 hour week, contact your delegate or local organiser.


I can’t finish my work in 40 hours and it feels wrong to leave work unfinished.

We understand that. In Community Corrections we have stayed in challenging roles because we care about the people we work with. However, the Department has taken advantage of our sense of professionalism and emotional connection to the work by declining to acknowledge the massive workloads we do.

Leaving work unfinished will mean that some things slip through the cracks, but at PSA we believe this is necessary for members to achieve lasting change with regard to their workloads.

 
This campaign seems like illegal industrial action.

You’re right. We can’t take industrial action such as 'work to rule' outside of bargaining. To keep our members safe we checked this campaign with the Department who agreed to support the message. The Chief Executive said that she expects staff to be working just 40 hours per week and that the Department expects staff to help manage this.

This campaign is the PSA’s way of supporting members to manage excessive workloads, despite pressure to 'just do it.'


Even if I decline work it remains allocated to me. My name will always be on work that doesn’t get done and I’ll get in trouble.

We have raised this with the Chief Probation Officer and while there isn’t an immediate solution, he has advised that if you have declined the work and discussed it with your manager, it’s expected that your manager will reallocate it. At the very least you won’t be held responsible for it not being completed.

But make sure you communicate clearly with your manager about your workload. Follow up discussions with emails and involve your delegate if you need more support.


My manager said that as an experienced PO I’m expected to accept higher allocation of work than others... and if I can’t complete it that’s a time management issue?

This happens to a lot of people when they raise their workloads as an issue, experienced or not. It’s the reason we have had so much creep on the additional duties assigned to us in Community Corrections.

Stand firm. It’s not your time management issue. It is a nation-wide health and safety issue that PSA have raised repeatedly and the Department have not yet resolved.

 

If you need more support contact your delegate or local organiser. 

For additional information email us HERE

If you have any further questions about the 40 Hour campaign? Email Stevie Hallett 

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40 Hour Campaign Flowchart

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40 Hours Flowchart

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40 Hour Campaign Comic - Just Do My 40

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