PSA Youth Newsletter, February 2018
PSAY Newsletter February 2018
Welcome back to the fray!
In this issue:
- Here’s to 2018
- Upcoming Youth Leadership Training
- Otaki Summer camp review
- Stand up! Cross union Youth network
- mental health and addiction support workers are on their way to pay equity
- Mental health inquiry update
- Out@PSA - Auckland Pride
- Member Q&A – Jeffrey Yik
By Mahesh Khupse
Happy New Year from the PSA Youth team. Hope everyone had a good break! We're excited for what's in store for PSAY in 2018. We're bringing back our popular Youth Leadership training, beginning this month and taking place around the country. We're set to pilot some new training opportunities mid-year, which we’re really excited about. Keep an eye on your inbox to make sure you get your EOIs sorted.
At PSA congress in 2016 we got endorsement to trial youth positions in sector committees, which we selected at our PSAY Hui in 2017. We want to give young people within our union a chance to take on leadership role and ensure youth issue are represented across every area of the PSA. We have received great feedback from our youth representatives on the sector committees.
PSAY Leadership Training - Hamilton
Youth Leadership Training EOIs are already closed for Dunedin and Christchurch, but there’s still time to get your EOI in if you’re in Auckland!
- Hamilton – Monday 19 February EOI’S CLOSED
- Dunedin – Wednesday 28 February EOI’S CLOSED
- Christchurch – Friday 9 March - EOI’S CLOSED
- Auckland – Thursday 22 March – EOI’s close Wednesday 28 February
We are over-subscribed for the training but if you miss out this time don’t stress, there will be more later in the year. If you didn’t receive an email and think you should have please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and check your details in MyPSA.
By Jess Mio
The Ōtaki Summer Camp for young people who care about political issues and ideas was held from 19 - 22 January. PSA Youth member Jess Mio attended the three day camp and shared this wonderful story about their experience.
“I’d pinned my hopes on the camp as a great opportunity to figure out My One Thing – and it did help me clarify my thoughts and intentions, just not as I’d expected.
Camp for me was three intense days of talks on vital subjects; discovering the delights of tramping upstream in a river for hours on end; hilarious comedy; the most powerful poetry; discussion with my activist peers; singing, dancing and laughing together; grieving together; finding hope and determination together.”
Read Jess’s full article on the PSA website.
On Friday 26 January the Stand Up committee got together in Wellington for a full day of planning, Wellington PSAY Convenor Andrei Gilbert and I attended on behalf of PSAY and it was a really productive day.
I’m excited to see more coming out of Stand Up in 2018 and to be part of planning for the biennial conference. Keep an eye out on www.standup.org.nz for some exciting campaiogns and don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter.
After promising to extend the care and support pay equity settlement to mental health and addiction support workers, Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced he will open negotioations with unions, providers, and DHBs. PSA members have been campaigning hard for the exention of the settlement since mental health and addiction support were excluded last year. Thanks to everyone who has supported and campaigned on this issue. We’re not done yet, but it’s a promising step!
As PSA members, you campaigned on it - and last month the government delivered. Aotearoa will get its independent inquiry into the mental health system. For too long, Kiwis have struggled to access the help they need, when they need it. We’re thrilled that nothing will be off the table – and that there’ll be a particular focus on access to services, especially for Maori and other groups with poor outcomes.
You can read more about the inquiry here , and we’ll keep you informed about how you can get involved. It’s crucial the inquiry hears as many voices from as many different perspectives as possible. In the meantime, the PSA will continue to work with community groups to build a platform for lasting change.
February is always a highlight for Out@PSA. While they’re a separate network, we have some overlap of members. Here’s a few photos from the day.
Out in the Park Wellington
Saturday 24 February
11am – 4pm.
We'll have a stall! Please stop by and pick up a T-Shirt with the new Out@PSA logo.
What were you initial thoughts on signing up to do this Q&A?
I am pleased to be a member of youth PSA.
What is your job and what do you do on an average day at work?
I work for Housing New Zealand Corporation in the Strategy Group as a Portfolio Analyst.
What was a highlight at work for you in the past month?
Nice day spent at PwC building on workshops.
What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?
Too new to know.
What do you enjoy about being a part of PSA and PSA Youth, and what brought you to join?
I enjoy being part of a team.
What is your vision for young members of the PSA?
Lots of opportunities.
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
Nintendo Switch, Playstation 3, 4, Mini Super Famicom & Famicom.
What cause would get you out on the streets protesting and why?
If there is no more gaming.
What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
I like to be a gamer and I still want to pursue that dream.
Toby&Toby – The National leader wannabes, digested