PSA News - June 2018

This month's PSA News in brief, includes a number of landmark successes that have been secured just in the last fortnight.


 kauri Commitment kept for mental health and addiction support workers In a long-awaited result, the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act has been extended to include an estimated 5000 mental health and addiction support workers. The Government announced the new pay scale will be back-dated to 1 July 2017. Voting by PSA members to ratify the settlement began this week.
 kauri Living Wage for core public service PSA members in the public service have secured a big victory - with all employees winning the right to be paid at least a Living Wage. It is being presented as a one-off adjustment in pay from 1 September, with all employees receiving an hourly rate of $20.55 ($42,744 per annum), and is a big win for the Living Wage movement and for PSA members.
 kauri Public service cap lifted On Friday 22 June, State Minister Chris Hipkins announced the public sector staffing cap on core public servant numbers is being lifted.  The declared intention is to see the public service rebuild their in-house capability and invest in permanent and long term staff. The Minister also stated: "We want a public service with an international reputation for excellence and that means attracting and retaining the best talent to careers in the Public Service. It’s important we invest in the Public Service because public servants are the people who deliver the vital services that improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families every day.”



UPDATE on the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry  


Inquiry panel member Josiah Tualamali'i (centre) with Billy West, PSA delegate from Pathways at left, and Tarn Evans, PSA delegate from LinkPeople in sunglasses, and PSA organisers Sue McCullough and Alex Ward. Photo credit: Michael WoodcockThe public submission phase of the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry wrapped in early June, attracting more than 5000 submissions. 

The Inquiry panel is continuing with its regional visits and public meetings until early July, with an assurance that it will be running an ‘open door’ to continue meeting with individuals and groups through to late August. The panel's deadline for reporting to the Government is 31 October so that its advice and recommendations can feed into the 2019 budget.


Next edition of Working Life on its way

The next edition of the PSA journal, Working Life , is set for delivery within the next week. Topics featured in the journal include:

  • How the Living Wage is calculated
  • The Waitangi Tribunal's Mana Wahine Kaupapa inquiry
  • The DHB administration and clerical staff equal pay claim
 kauri Speaking out: PSA media releases and submissions Media releases Submissions - all viewable here
  • PSA submission to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction
  • PSA Youth Network submission on the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction Services


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