December's PSAY Pānui!
Welcome to the last pānui of 2018!
What’s in your pānui this month:
- 2018 Review
- PSAY Post-Congress Celebration
- Cross-network regional planning
- Hui 2019
- Stand Up Conference
- Convenor Q&A
- 2018 was a massive year for PSA Youth. We can be proud of what our network’s done this year!
- We’ve been represented at Public Services International conferences and training, bringing our knowledge of network organising and training to benefit our sister unions
- We made a strong Youth-focused submission to the Mental Health Inquiry - and the Inquiry report reflects our own recommendations of expanding access to services and using the education system to get young people access and information
- We took three sets of motions to PSA Congress, and all three passed – including embedding youth representation throughout our democratic leadership structures, which we believe is a public services union world-first
- We ran an education night on Congress and how it works – which was so popular lots of members attended and learned from it, including people from well outside our network’s age range!
- We ran 2 rounds of Youth Leadership Training, including bringing training to cities where it had never been held before. PSA staff even started work on a new, 2-day version of Youth Leadership training based on the feedback you’ve offered (thank you)
- Some of us can’t wait for the year to end … while some of us are still wondering where August went!
On the evening of 6 December, we held a virtual PSAY celebration by VC for a small but dedicated turnout. Hosted by Wellington Convenor Sophia Grey we discussed the Congress motions and what they mean, how sectors are embedding the new Youth members of their committees, and how we’re overcoming historical barriers to youth participation!
“Awesome how we were listened to by the rest of the PSA.”
“It was humbling to speak on behalf of the network.”
“I found the committee welcoming, and the committee finds the youth voice refreshing.”
“A lot of those fears [about changing the way youth are represented] seem now to have evaporated. The sky hasn’t fallen in, we’re moving into something different.”
Kia ora koutou PSA fam,
My name is Jeremy Tocker, public servant and Palmerstonian, and I would like to tell you about a little scheme I’ve got incubating.
So just off the bat, how great would it be to get our active network members together in one place?
Oh, and imagine if it could happen right where you live!
That’s right! Regional cross network hui. Not everything has to happen in Wellington or Auckland, and we as members can make it happen in our own backyards.
I stole the idea from the PSA break out session at the CTU Out at Work hui in Torbay. Hui like this are a great chance to share new ways of looking at issues we have in common across unions. At these hui we see that despite different backgrounds of work, union density, or locale, we face many of the same issues and share common goals. An experience that I know is echoed by others who gather for cross union or network hui.
Our networks are rife with active, engaged, and ingenious members. A cross network hui would be too good an opportunity to miss. It is a space where networks can share solutions to common problems.
Member driven events in the regions are vital to keeping them diamonds bright and shaping the future of our union.
As the brightest gems in the PSA tiara, our networks need plenty of polishing to keep them looking top notch. At this point, I am just getting into some minor polishing with a trial DIY-esque, regional cross network hui in late Autumn.
At this early stage, I’ve started collating feedback about locales and preferred format. It would be fantastic to hear from anyone interested, with experiences, or who would like to contribute.
The theme of the 2019 PSAY Hui was also announced at the Post-Congress Celebration … Back to the Future! We are the future of the union. How can PSAY bring the union into the future?
We also elect convenors for their 2-year terms. This is why we’re doing convenor Q&As at the moment – to get you thinking about what’s involved in the role and what you (yes you) could bring to it in the future!
So, we’re currently working on:
- speakers (we’re not saying who … but we’re going to be ambitious!)
- a location (somewhere in the Wellington region, but not the CBD)
- Maybe we’ll have panels to speak on specific topics, or organise impromptu debates?
- Maybe we’ll have a Back-To-The-Future cocktail night?
Hui 2019 will be in July or early August , and as it’s a 3-day event we will seek expressions of interest in May next year . Keep an eye out – we would love to see you there!
Stand Up is a youth representative structure in the NZ Council of Trade Unions. This makes it sort of a network of youth networks from all unions which are affiliated to the CTU. Every 2 years Stand Up holds a conference for young representatives from affiliates.
The next conference is held on 11-12 March 2019 and PSAY’s sending 10 representatives! We’re sending a request for expressions of interest in early January (don’t worry if you’re on leave at the time; we’ll send a reminder out as well).
What were your initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?
I guess it’s a good opportunity for the readers of PSAY pānui to get to know me a little.
What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?
I work with Inland Revenue as a customer service officer, who mostly deals with debt and customer compliance/education.
What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?
I was upskilled in November to deal with student loans. Even though I’ve got a decent sized student loan, I never realised how much I actually didn’t know.
What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?
The individuals you deal with on a daily basis are in very sensitive and difficult situations, so naturally you tend to absorb some of those feelings. The key thing (which is often the hardest) is leaving work….at work!
What do you enjoy about being a part of PSA and PSA Youth, and what brought you to join?
I joined the PSA in July 2017. Became the Christchurch PSAY convenor and PSA delegate soon after that. I just love having the opportunity to meet other youths in various sectors and being able to network with them to hopefully initiate change in our respective workplaces. Just getting out there and being involved is what I like.
What is your vision for young members of the PSA?
I would love to see young and confident future leaders being given ample opportunities to succeed within the PSA. I feel this vision can definitely become reality, considering the amazing outcomes of Congress 2018.
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
I love playing video games, watching Japanese anime and playing rugby during the winter. Other than that I’m a bit of a couch potato…ohhh and hanging out with family and friends, can’t forget them hahaha.
Which three figures from past or present would you invite to your place for dinner, and why?
Probably my grandparents, they passed away before I was born, so I think that’d be pretty cool. Oh and the third figure I would bring back would have to be Harambe.
What are your three pet peeves?
- When people ask if they can have some of your food as they make a grab for it
- I hate shopping malls, especially during the holiday period
- Parking tickets, they’re annoying!
What cause would get you out on the streets protesting and why?
Entice me with food and drinks and I will come out for anything.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Whenever you get the opportunity, just have a minute to yourself and breathe, the work will still be there when you get back.