PSA News March 18

PSA News March 2018

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Welcome to March PSA news! The cooler weather is approaching and we're all well into the swing of things, with a lot of exciting PSA news on the horizon.

In this issue:

Meet your new Growth team!

Vicki, Cassie, Gene, Beka and Flo in front of the PSA banner.

The PSA is trialing a new idea – the Growth team.

We are Vicki, Kassie, Flo, Gene and Rebecca, and we are the PSA's new recruitment team. Our job is to talk with potential PSA members about the benefits of joining the union.

About half our time will be working on the phone, talking with people who have just started new jobs. The other half of the time, we visit work sites, to talk one-on-one with potential members. You may also spot us at special events like inductions or at PSA stalls.

If you see us around your workplace, please say hello!

If you are a delegate and want to find out more about how we might help with joining up members at your worksite, talk to your organiser. We are only a small team and we’re already very busy, but we are keen to get out and join up new members.

Equal Pay – Kristine Bartlett honoured, return of the Zombie Bill, and JWG progress

Kristine Bartlett signing the aged care equal pay settlement.

In the same week equal pay campaigner Kristine Bartlett was awarded New Zealander of the Year, a terrifying zombie reappeared from the grave – National’s deeply flawed equal pay legislation. You’ll remember the PSA bitterly opposed this bill because it didn’t give effect to the Joint Working Group’s recommendations, and would have made it impossible for any other working women to get the settlement Kristine did. Labour ditched the bill but the Nats entered it in the members’ ballot, and as luck would have it, it’s been drawn and will get a first reading in the next couple of months. The PSA will be active in lobbying against the Zombie Bill and we’ll let you know how you can be involved.

Legislative change will be on the way though, with the Joint Working Group on Equal Pay Principles reconvening to confirm their view that an amendment to the Equal Pay Act 1972 is what’s needed – not a whole new Act.

State Sector & Crown Entities Reform Bill

The Government has promised this Bill will lead to greater integrity and accountability across the state sector and now it’s headed for Select Committee where organisations including the PSA can chew over the detail. The proposed legislation extends the State Services Commissioner’s control over Chief Executives’ terms and conditions and pay to all crown entities – and mandates a maximum 5-year term for CEOs. It also gives the Commissioner power to issue codes of conduct to boards and board members, and to conduct inquiries and investigations.

The PSA’s policy experts are preparing a submission on the Bill. We like the idea of standardising terms and conditions but it needs to go further and extend across all state sector employees, not just chief executives. We’re also cautious about fixed terms for CEOs and would like to see other mechanisms put in place.

What’s not OK at work?

Hand deflecting arrosBullying and harassment are behaviours that are never OK in the workplace.

We hosted a seminar on bullying prevention in the New Zealand state services with the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work at Victoria University. We presented findings from research we’ve partnered on with the University. Over 170 people attended, and another 150 tuned into a Facebook live feed of the event. You can read or view the presentations on our website here .

Other resources:

This SSC document, developed with input from the PSA, sets out what's needed for a positive workplace culture that does not support unwelcome workplace behaviours such as bullying and harassment:

Calling Out Sexual Harassment : A guide to dealing with sexual harassment and creating safe, respectful workplaces is now available to help guide delegates and members through dealing with the issue.

We’ve contributed to this SSC guidance on what organisations need to do to ensure their workplaces are free from harassment and this guidance on what organisations need to include in bullying and harassment policies :

Posters for the workplace can be downloaded here.

Industrial update – Inland Revenue

Our members at IR have been inspirational in the way they have collectively stood strong during a very stormy time. The result: after the Employment Court’s decision in NZ Public Service Association v Inland Revenue Department , IR and the PSA have signed a Commitment Document setting out how both sides will work together through this Business Transformation process. Members at IR agreed to support it, but believe IR have a long way to go to rebuild their trust. The team is hopeful that IR will reset their engagement with the union and its members. Meanwhile, bargaining continues towards a new CEA with the priority claims being a new Remuneration system, an across the board pay increase and significant improvements to the management of change clause.

Calling all former typing pool workers!

Vintage photo of typing pool - Alexander Turnbull archive

Are you a former public service typing pool staffer – or do you know someone who is? The Keystrokes Per Minute project wants to talk to you!

Keystrokes Per Minute is recording the oral histories of people who have worked in typing pools from 1945 to the present day. That includes typists, shorthand typists, secretaries and modern-era administrators. These are untold stories, covering the highly skilled work of the typing pool, the changes in technology and the status of their profession.

The project wants to span the decades – so if you’ve got a story to tell, get in touch. Check out their website for more detail:

Out @ Pride

Out@PSA members at Auckland Pride

Out@PSA, our network for members who identify as gay, lesbian, intersex, transgender, takataapui, fa'afafine or bisexual, joined in this year’s Pride parade in Auckland. Their beautiful new shirts declaring they’re Proud to be Out, Proud to be Union. PSA Staff, members, network officials and supporters marched alongside hundreds of others – you can check out more pictures here .

We also had a stall at Out in the Park in Wellington - photos here.

Join the Out@PSA network here.

National Secretaries in the News

Check out Clare de Lore’s excellent profile of Erin Polaczuk from The Listener. Lots of excellent stories, even more excellent photos!
Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary
Glenn Barclay gives his thoughts about what a new Labour-led Government might mean for local government – more Living Wage councils, better Māori representation and a return to the four well-beings.

An Excerpt from Working Life

Pania Love The March issue of Working Life has now landed at your workplaces. If you want to read online, you can check out all the articles here.

We recommend checking out this great interview with PSA board member and delegate Pania Love, who talked with us about how her work and life has changed since achieving equal pay, and how the job's not done until it's fair for everyone.



PSA office posters
PSA poster - bargaining coming up Time for a refresh of your office space? Pick a new poster from our PSA office poster range. Available to download from our website.

Need support?

We're here for you if you need support with a workplace issue. You can call our organising centre between 8:30am - 5:00pm on 0508 367 772 or email .