Out@PSA has elected their 2017 committee. The PSA’s strength lies in active members like these who offer their time and energy serving our diverse communities and promoting a better working life for all public servants.
The committee reflects a wonderful diversity of gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, ethnicity, age, geographical location, and PSA sectors.
The committee will be meeting together in the near future to select committee conveners and to plan goals and activities for the year.
Possible goals include encouraging the NZ public sector to become a model of good employment in regard to human diversity,
developing sample collective agreement clauses, encouraging assessment against the Government’s standards for gender and sexual diversity in the workplace, advocating for gender neutral toilets in the workplace, and working with our sister PSA networks in the general election campaign, Stand Together.
Deaf & Disabled Members' Network
The Deaf & Disabled Members' Network is meeting face to face on June 27. They will discuss a broad range of topics, including how best to communicate in the future to ensure everyone can participate fully within the discussions, especially during distance meetings.
They are excited to set the agenda for the network, and are focusing on issues around the right to good work, accessibility, and reasonable accommodations at work.
Last year Congress agreed to add a youth rep to sector committees, with a rule change to follow next Congress. In the interim, the PSA is establishing observer roles on each committee and the board. Youth reps will shortly be selected and included in sector committees over the next few months.
PSA Youth leadership training is underway, with sessions being held around the country. The popular training offers foundational leadership skills to youth members. If you haven’t applied or missed out this time, definitely keep an eye on your email for the next opportunity. Previous attendees have found the course to be an excellent way to step up, both within the PSA and their workplaces.
“The discussion we had with our peers was the most stimulating” says Tamsyn Clemerson-Phillips, a PSA delegate attending the Wellington workshop. “I also really appreciated hearing from Erin, about how no one feels 100% like a leader. She talked about building networks, and that these workshops are the start of that network.”
The PSAY biennial hui will be held in Palmerston North this year. The theme is PSA Youth – Sure to Rise. Expressions of interest close on Friday 16 June.
PSA Eco Reps
The PSA eco reps network is a virtual network for members interested in sustainability in the workplace as well as getting involved with union-wide climate action.
Network members receive regular communications around PSA climate action. How to join: visit the Eco Reps network page and join up with a click!
Want to join a network?
Some of the most active and interesting work that happens within the PSA is spurred by our networks. If you’re interested in getting involved you can go online to our networks pages or give us a call on 0508 367 772.