• Posted on: 30/06/2021
  • 2 minutes to read

Welcome to this edition of Te Mahinga Ora, I hope you enjoy reading about the mahi your union has undertaken over the past three months.

Kia ora e te whānau o Te Pukenga Here Tikanga Mahi

Reflecting on the last three months, it shows what is possible when we work together. Thank you all for working so hard to bring about improvements to our working lives.

PUBLIC SERVICE PAY GUIDANCE

The wage guidelines announced by the Government early in May required a significant effort from across the PSA.

Members sent in over 300 pages of comments! Delegates and the PSA leadership spoke out against it on radio, television, print and online.

We also had the public on our side with many commentators questioning the Government’s stance.

Following meetings with the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Public Service and Minister for Workplace Relations, and the Public Service Commissioner, supported by the CTU and other state sector unions it appears we have reached an agreement on a way forward.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all those involved in this campaign. It makes me proud to be part of a movement that is not afraid to challenge the government publicly.

FAIR PAY AGREEMENTS

On a more positive note, Cabinet has approved a framework for drafting Fair Pay Agreement legislation. The CTU is leading a campaign supporting this legislation, including ensuring union members can attend the Minister’s Fair Pay Agreement roadshow, and providing resources for delegates. We are expecting the legislation to be passed in 2022.

PSA STRATEGIC GOALS REFRESH

Over the past five months your Executive Board has been leading a project to refresh our strategic goals for the next few years.
I would like to thank Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina, sector committees, networks and staff who helped us shape the refreshed goals. Following final approval at the June board meeting we will share the refreshed goals with everyone and focus on implementing and delivering on their aspirations.

PSA KAUMĀTUA

Finally, on March 24, I attended a Poroporoaki for Kiwhare Mihaka who has decided to step down from his duties as PSA Kaumātua. It was great to see Kiwhare and his whānau and be able to thank them in person for their contribution to our union. 

GET IN TOUCH

Please feel free to get in touch with me at benedict.ferguson@psa.org.nz or follow me on Facebook @PSAPRes where I do a weekly Facebook live video most Mondays.

So, congratulations to you all

Benedict Ferguson

Image: Benedict with DHB sector group co-convenor Stacey Muir at the nurses' strike march.