As we look ahead to the election in September - our choice matters.
Both union members and the wider public have a choice whether to vote for politicians who will deliver the fairer and kinder New Zealand we want.
This election we’ll be looking for policies that will make a difference on our key issues of public housing, health care funding, pay equity, and climate change.
The PSA will also be highlighting the importance of community and public services in the lives of voters.
In the coming months we will be working to make sure members’ voices are central to our election campaign and to further engage Māori, Pasefika and younger voters.
Join our PSA Facebook page to tautoko our campaign www.facebook.com/nzpsa/. We’ll also be emailing you about ways you can sign up for election activities and updates in the coming weeks.
The PSA would like to acknowledge the important work being done by our members in the health sector, lab testing, and at the borders to combat the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19).
Our organisers have been working with employers on pandemic planning, particularly those agencies on the frontline of dealing with the risk of infection.
The PSA is also in touch with central government agencies who are monitoring the situation.
There may be some members who have been asked by the Ministry of Health or their employer to isolate themselves for 14 days on their return from travelling overseas if they have been in mainland China or exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
If you are in that situation and experiencing difficulty in getting your employer to pay for that time off work please call us on 0508 367 772.
For up-to-date advice go to www.psa.org.nz/coronavirus
Negotiations are underway for an eagerly-awaited settlement to the DHB Admin & Clerical Pay Equity Claim.
The claim for 7000 PSA members was raised in November 2018.
The negotiations come as the PSA takes the fight for equal pay for administration workers to 41 agencies in the Public Service, Kainga Ora and ACC with out Make It Real equal pay claim and campaign.
In early February, RNZ announced its new music strategy which included a proposal to axe over 18 of our members’ jobs and move the station to AM radio.
A groundswell of public and political opposition to that plan soon led to a backdown from the RNZ Board and management.
The public showed their support for RNZ staff in a Birthday Bash Concert at Parliament on February 23.
Since then, PSA members at RNZ have been working hard towards developing a better music strategy and create a workplace culture in which they feel valued and encouraged.
Negotiations for a new Collective Employment Agreement alongside our sister union, E Tū, kicked off in November 2019. At the time of writing, a settlement had not yet been reached.
All members are closely following developments in the merger between RNZ and TVNZ.
PSA members want to see a renewed commitment to quality public service broadcasting without commercial interference.
Our extremely popular Progressive Thinking books are making a comeback.
Our new book on public services will hit local PSA offices and our website in May.
If you have suggestions on how to build public services that will meet the needs of New Zealanders in 2040 or if you would like to nominate your own public service hero, email email@example.com.
You never know, they may end up in the book!
Pay Packets and Stone Walls,
At the beginning of her memoir Elizabeth Orr pledges to tell the truth about the fight for pay equity for women, her reasoning being that it has lessons for the future.
Born in 1929, Elizabeth was a trade union leader, involved in the formation of the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women (NACEW), and in the passing of the Equal Pay Act in 1972.
Her memoir has fascinating details of the fight for equal pay, culminating in the Kristine Bartlett case, but it is not at all a dry retelling of that fight. It is a wonderful story of life in New Zealand, told in a gentle, authentic voice.
I enjoyed the story she tells of discovering an unknown part of her own story when she realises one of the women in a photo of a PSA equal pay campaign committee circa 1943 is her aunt Oenone Greig.
Elizabeth has been a friend and colleague to many others within the PSA .The book is available from steeleroberts.co.nz
Nā Nanette Cormack
The organisers from Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Australia, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands were attending the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific workshop in Nadi in November.
*Good morning.* Mōrena/Ata mārie. *Welcome to (workplace).* Nau mai ki . *Are you busy?* He nui ō mahi? *I am very busy!* He tino nui aku mahi! *No. I am not very busy. Kāo.* Kāore i nui aku mahi. Kei te aha koe? *What are you doing? *Kei te tuhituhi au. *I am writing. *Kei te mahi au.* I am working.*