Working Life - the PSA Journal


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Contents - December 2016

Congress 2016: Stand Together

More than 160 delegates from across New Zealand gathered in Wellington for the biennial PSA Congress, our union’s highest decision making body.

Find out what happened in our feature article.

PSA Congress 2016: Stand Together

PSA staff toast the equal pay winBig win for
equal pay

Fantastic news: the Government has accepted the recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Equal Pay Principles.

Koru new2Te Reo Māori in the workplace

PSA members speak Te Reo Māori at much higher rates than the general population, including in our workplaces. We look at why that matters.

Janet Quigley, moments after her election as PSA president was announcedJanet Quigley: Our new president

Janet Quigley was elected PSA president at this year’s Congress, and her election quickly became front-page news in her home town of Timaru.

MBIE staff participate in the  innovation challengeMaking wellness a priority at MBIE

PSA members and delegates try a collaborative approach to find new solutions to an age-old problem in the public service.

vectorstock 6711034PSA members
win your vote

Congratulations to the six PSA members who ran successful campaigns in the recent local body and District Health Board elections.

PSA president Mike Tana with Lance McCallum and Kara Keys from AustraliaIndigenous unionism in Oz

Our Rūnanga has a strong relationship with indigenous unionists in Australia.We found out what they're doing and what they've learned from us.

PSA Executive Board member Gail Arthur with national secretary Glenn BarclayPSA meets with our Asia-Pacific public sector union friends

Recently returned from the Asia Pacific Regional Conference of Public Services International (PSI) in Japan, PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay was one of several representatives at the conference of public sector unions.

SWAN logo 2016Social Workers gather for 2016 SWAN conference in Auckland

In September, social workers from around New Zealand came together in Auckland for the Social Worker Action Network (SWAN) conference. SWAN’s mission is to unify, inspire, inform and advocate for social workers.

Kate Hamilton receives her award from PSA vice-president Peter RobertshawDelegate award winner: “Ask, engage, collaborate”

Kate Hamilton, formerly of Hamilton Ministry of Social Development, and now working in MSD’s National Office, is the most recent person to receive a delegate achievement award.

The regulars

President's message: So proud of our local heroes

In briefs:


Network briefs: Snippets from some of our networks

Bargaining update: News from across the PSA

Cross-union news: Better funding, better learning

Competition: Colour in and win!

Previous issues 

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December 2016

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September 2016

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March 2016

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December 2015

December 2015

September 2015

September 2015

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