Progressive Thinking-Lunch time seminars

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Here at the PSA we are lucky to host a number of lunch time seminars on various subjects with insightful speakers. Here you can find videos of the talks and download corresponding presentations where applicable.

 

 

The Tax Working Group Report – Beyond the Headlines

On Thursday 28 March the PSA hosted a lunchtime forum on some of the key recommendations of the Tax Working Group's report on the Future of Tax, with Bill Rosenberg and Max Rashbrooke.

About the talk

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Join Bill Rosenberg and Max Rashbrooke in conversation as they discuss some of the key recommendations of Tax Working Group’s report on the Future of Tax; including whether the proposals go far enough to address growing income and wealth inequality in New Zealand, and the proposals for tax to take a bigger part in reducing the threats to our environment.

Bill Rosenberg is the CTU Economist and Director of Policy and was a member of the Tax Working Group. Max Rashbrooke is a journalist, academic and author of a number of publications on wealth and inequality.

Both Bill and Max contributed chapters in the 2016 PSA book Progressive Thinking: Ten Perspectives on Tax.

Watch it now

The video of the talk is available to view here:

If you have difficulties accessing the video via Youtube, it can also be found on the PSA Facebook page here

 A PDF copy of Bill's slides can be downloaded here.  The file size is 817KB. 

Surveillance and the State: What needs to change in the public service?

On Thursday 21 March the PSA hosted a lunchtime forum with Russel Norman and Dr Simon Chapple on the 2018 report into the use of external security consultants.

About the talk

At the end of last year, a report into the use of external security consultants by agencies found that, while there was no evidence of widespread inappropriate surveillance, the public sector had fallen well short of the Code of Conduct in some instances. These included inappropriate surveillance of Greenpeace New Zealand. The PSA expressed its concern at the time.

How and why did this happen, and what needs to change? Russel Norman, Executive Director of Greenpeace New Zealand shares his views in this session, introduced and moderated by Dr Simon Chapple, Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance Studies, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington.

Watch it now

The video of the talk is available to view here:

If you have difficulties accessing the video via Youtube, it can also be found on the PSA Facebook page here.

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Restorative Approaches to Workplace Issues 

On Monday 18 February the PSA hosted a lunchtime forum on the topic of applying restorative principles to address damaging workplace behaviours, lead by guest speaker Jon Everest. 

Background

2018 was a significant year for workplaces as international momentum for change triggered by the #MeToo movement and high profile allegations of bullying in workplaces brought a renewed focus on the culture in workplaces in New Zealand, including the legal profession and the public sector. Looking beyond that outrage and the sense that now is the time for change, there are lots of questions about how meaningful and lasting change in workplaces can be achieved?

Restorative justice in New Zealand is now a well-established part of our criminal justice system and many victims of crime have reported that a restorative process has been helpful to them moving past difficult events. The undoubted value of restorative justice in the criminal system has, in some ways, pigeonholed restorative process as a ‘justice’ intervention. This success might have limited the vision of how restorative principles can contribute in a number of other contexts, particularly workplaces.

In this session, Jon Everest outlined the key principles of a restorative approach and how these can be applied in workplaces to create a culture of dignity and respect.

Watch it now

The video of the talk delivered by conflict resolution specialist Jon Everest at St Andrew's on the Terrace is Wellington is available to view here:

If you have difficulties accessing the video via Youtube, it can also be found on the PSA Facebook page here.

 A PDF copy of Jon's slides can be downloaded here.  The file size is 1.5MB. 

 

The Tax Working Group: Why we need to talk about tax

On Tuesday 10 April 2018 the PSA were joined by Bill Rosenberg and Andrea Black to present the key issues being discussed by the working group.

About the talk

This lunchtime seminar featured CTU economist and member of the Tax Working Group, Bill Rosenberg, and the independent advisor to the Tax Working Group Andrea Black. Black and Rosenberg presented the key issues being discussed by the working group, followed by a !&A from the audience.

Watch it now

The video of the talk is available to view here:

If you have difficulties accessing the video via Youtube, it can also be found on the PSA Facebook page here

 A PDF copy of Bill's slides can be downloaded here.  The file size is 2MB. 

Bullying and Violence in the Workplace

A lunchtime seminar hosted by the PSA with the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work, Victoria University, on Thursday 22nd February 2018.

About the talk

Violence and harassment are attacks on personal dignity, the right to equal and non-discriminatory treatment and often a person's health. Workers affected by it feel insecure about their work; they are more frequently absent and may even be unable to work, with consequent impacts on productivity and corporate and public costs (EurWork (2015) Violence and Harassment in European workplaces:  Extent, Impacts and Policies).

This seminar explores recent New Zealand and progressive approaches in Europe in dealing with negative workplace behaviours. The seminar included two presentations. 

Presentation 1: The Extent of harassment and violence in European workplaces and preventative public measures
Andrea Fromm, Policy and Research, NZ Public Service Association

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Andrea has recently returned to New Zealand from Europe where she worked for Eurofound (The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions), a tripartite European Union agency. Andrea was involve with the Eurofound report from 2015 entitled "Violence and harassment in European Workplace:  Extent, impacts and policies".  As with all Eurofound reports there is a social partner focus. Andrea summarises the findings and looks at the framework agreements and how it was implemented.

View Andrea's slides here.

 


Presentation 2: Interventions to address workplace bullying:  How well does the New Zealand public sector stack up against "good practice"?
Geoff Plimmer and Hamish Crimp, School of Management, VUW

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This brief, interactive session covered 4 topics:

  • The prevalence of bullying and harassment in the New Zealand public service
  • Guidance on effective interventions using a public health model
  • A discussion of New Zealand public sector agencies' recent policies, and trends in public sector bullying responses
  • A discussion of further possible responses.

Geoff is a senior lecturer in the School of Management, with interests in workplace bullying, leadership, wellbeing and performance. Geoff has led the research on Workplace Dynamics in the NZ Public Service which gathered data on bullying and harassment in the public service.

Hamish has recently completed his Masters thesis on public sector responses to bullying, at the School of Management.

View Geoff and Hamish's slides here.

 

Watch it now

The video of the talk is available to view here:

If you have difficulties accessing the video via Youtube, it can also be found on the PSA Facebook page here.