Progressive Thinking Series

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For the current series, click here for Ten Possibilities for the Future of Public & Community Services

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The booklet will be available to buy in physical form from Unity Books in Wellington and Auckland from Wednesday 24th May. All sales revenue will be donated to UnionAID, a New Zealand charitable trust that helps alleviate poverty and achieve social justice by supporting overseas workers to form unions and worker collectives.

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OVERVIEW: Foreword by Glenn Barclay & Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretaries

  1. Talking tax, with context and all that by Morgan Godfery
  2. History of tax policy in New Zealand by Dr Lisa Marriott
  3. What my parents taught me about tax (and fairness) by Max Rashbrooke
  4. Taxing wealth by Bill Rosenberg
  5. Four tax myths that might pop up this year by Keith Ng
  6. Tax and the Social Contract by Bob Stephens
  7. Climate change and tax policy by Paul Young
  8. New Zealand’s tax settings in an international context by Terry Baucher
  9. Tax and family assistance by Susan St John
  10. A light touch on foreign trusts and companies by Shamubeel Eaqub

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WHAT: Progressive thinking: ten perspectives on housing is a sister publication to our booklet Ten perspectives on tax that we published in May of this year.  It’s a collection of journalistic essays examining the housing crisis from ten leading New Zealand authors, academics and campaigners.

Over the ten chapters, and one case study, our contributors consider everything from land and building costs to the inter-generational effects of the tax system on New Zealand’s housing markets; from renters’ rights and the housing needs of people with disabilities to the role of the state and local government in solving the problem.

A few recurrent common themes emerge during the booklet – the centrality of affordable, secure, quality housing to the health and wellbeing of our communities, for example, or the need for us to think very differently about housing provision in the future. Several authors argue that the private market will not provide affordable housing of the type and volume that we need, and that the government needs to step in to fulfil this function.

OVERVIEW: Foreword by Glenn Barclay & Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretaries

  1. Housing and Health by Philippa Howden-Chapman
  2. Affordability – where next? by John Tookey
  3. Innovating our way out of New Zealand’s housing disaster by Jess Berentson-Shaw
  4. The soft privatisation of state housing  by Alan Johnson
  5. Beyond the quarter acre section  by Bill McKay
  6. Luck and love: housing and disability by Esther Woodbury
  7. No country for young men or women Andrew Coleman
  8. The forgotten 50%  by Robert Whitaker
  9. Case Study: Māori Housing Movements by Jade Kake, edited by Victoria Crockford
  10. Local Government and the housing crisis  by Shamubeel Eaqub
  11. The Human Right to Adequate Housing by David Rutherford

WHY: Housing is a big issue for our members.  In a survey last year, they ranked housing as a priority concern in the run-up to the election.  In subsequent surveys this year they’ve told us of significant stress caused by the cost, availability and quality of housing.  We’re concerned about the wellbeing of our members, and what will happen to our urban centres when core public and community sector workers can no longer afford to live in them. We think it’s time for a great leap forward in the way that we plan, design and deliver housing in New Zealand; this book is a contribution to one of the most important debates of recent years.

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WHAT: Progressive Thinking: ten perspectives on the future of work is the third book in our Progressive Thinking series, following our booklets ten perspectives on tax and ten perspectives on housing that we published last year. It includes a collection of journalistic essays discussing the future of work from ten leading authors, unionists, academics and campaigners.

Over the ten chapters, our contributors discuss everything from the concept of employee voice to the case for rethinking work flexibility; from the state of industrial relations law and collective bargaining in New Zealand to the role of businesses in addressing human rights issues.    

A few recurrent themes emerge during the booklet – the importance of collective worker’s voices in shaping the evolving landscape of work, for example, and the importance of steering this evolution towards a future of work that offers fair and positive environments for all. Several of the authors see New Zealand’s employment relations framework as a problem, and many address the role of businesses and government in creating change. Inequality, climate change, and technological revolution are also discussed frequently.

OVERVIEW: Foreword by Glenn Barclay & Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretaries

  1. Collective voice in a freelance world by Andrew Pakes
  2. Ngā kaupapa and the future of work by Paula Davis and Te IwiNgaro Dunn with Kirsten Windelov
  3. Employee voice by Laura Harvey
  4. Work - the future - are we prepared by Margaret Wilson
  5. Low wages and our weak industrial relations law by Bill Rosenberg
  6. Fair pay agreements: are we ready for them? by Laila Harre
  7. Work in a world of climate change by Sam Huggard
  8. Normalising flexible work by Dr Noelle Donnelly
  9. NZ Businesses role in addressing human rights issues by Dr Jackie Blue
  10. An employers’ guide to manage the revolution by Lisa Heap

WHY: We at the PSA think the time is right for this conversation. The need for equal pay and for low wages to be addressed is part of everyday discussion, and there are clear calls for workplaces to address their workplace cultures and to end bullying and sexual harassment. New Zealand is not alone in this. The emergence of new, technology enabled forms of work, and vastly enhanced data management capability and its implications for privacy, are prompting governments around the world to reconsider how they regulate not just “employment” but newer forms of work.

We all have a stake in the future of work – for ourselves, our families and those who come after us. We can either leave it to others to decide this for us, or we can step up and change the way we do things. We favour the latter. This is a challenge that the PSA accepts and encourages everyone to be part of.