Corrections at the PSA
Community Corrections 2018 Ratification
Kia ora PSA members,
Collective Agreement Ratification
The Community Corrections Frontline Collective Employment Agreement has been ratified.
A big thank you to your PSA Bargaining team for all the work they have undertaken since Bargaining began in May. Thanks to all the PSA delegates and organisers for completing more than 80 ratification meetings around the country.
Thanks to all the PSA members who turned up to meetings to discuss and vote on the collective agreement.
We are meeting with the Department on Wednesday 19 September to discuss the implementation of this collective agreement with them. We will come back to members with dates when the new pay bands (Tai Aroha, Matawhaiti, Offender Recruitment consultants), general pay increases, increases to PF supervision allowance, and back-pay for these will be paid.
For Community work supervisors, you are now entitled to overtime after 40 hours worked (this was after 45 hours), we will find out when this will be paid to you and let members know.
Further, the new pay rates and other increases are not applied to non–members until 01 November 2018. They will not be back-paid at all for non-members.
If you know of a non-member who would like to join, please let them know that they have until the end of this week – Friday 21st September to join the PSA to receive the back-pay to 01 July 2018.
They can join online at https://www.psa.org.nz/join-the-psa/sign-up/
What members have told us
Thank you for raising all your concerns with us at the recent round of ratification meetings. What we heard most clearly from almost everywhere is that workloads are a significant problem for many PSA members. It is obvious that the workflow tool is not being used consistently across sites. Members also raised concerns about the ever-increasing complexity and risk involved in the work. Members want to have the time to do an excellent job at work and many have raised that they feel worn out by the increasing stress in the workplace due to all of these issues.
What next…… The PSA is going to write a letter to the Acting CEO – Rachel Leota. We are gravely concerned for the health and wellbeing of members across Community Corrections and we are going to formally raise this under the Health and Safety at Work Act. We will be seeking an urgent response to this letter. We will also copy this to all PSA members.
What members can do
Where you have concerns about your workload and/or the workload of your colleagues, please talk to a PSA delegate on site about filling out the health and safety form online on TRACKER. It is really important that you lodge your concerns formally in this way. The PSA are here to support any member through health and safety concerns and the more data we have from members across the country the more we are able to support membership collectively. You are entitled to enter workload concerns/workplace stress in TRACKER, please let us now if you are informed otherwise.
The draft new competencies are currently out for consultation with PSA psychologist members.
These were emailed to all members on 13 September from Psychology National Delegate, Diana Johnson. We have an extension to the consultation timeframe until Friday 28th September. You can give feedback directly through the Department, or email back to Diana. Your responses will be anonymised, collated and sent to the department from the PSA Delegate/Organiser.
Your PSA National delegates are involved in the following workstreams
Will we continue to provide more detail about other regional and national work in future updates.
- Health and Safety – John Gibbons, National Health and Safety Committee – Community Corrections Rep
- Health and Safety regional meetings – Regional/National Delegates and PSA Organisers across the country
- Diversity and Inclusion workshop (21 Sept) – Stevie Hallett
- Psychologist Competencies – Diana Johnson
- Reporting to Government - targets – Stevie Hallett (24 Sept)
- Community Corrections Monthly meetings (18 September)– Michael Johnson, John Gibbons, Stevie Hallett (please note these have been on hold during the bargaining process)
- Violence in the workplace workshop - Hamilton (02 October) – Aidan Murphy, John Gibbons, PSA Organiser – Peter Robertshaw
- Bargaining implementation (September) – Diana Johnson, Phil Coutts, Stevie Hallett, John Gibbons, Michael Johnson
Tracy Klenner/Peter Robertshaw
PSA National Organisers
The latest for frontline managers at Corrections.