Obituary: Lynn Middleton


Obituary: Lynn Middleton

PSA’s first female national secretary and equal pay leader

PSA members and staff are deeply saddened by the recent and sudden death on November 13 of former PSA national secretary Lynn Middleton.

Lynn Middleton PNG3Lynn played an important and significant role in the union movement, working for NZEI, NZCTU, PSA and Education International. After leaving her role as women’s officer at the CTU, Lynn became PSA national secretary in 1999. She was the first woman to take on that role.

As a member of the newly formed three person PSA Secretariat until 2004, Lynn led the union into a period of strong membership growth, growing engagement with Government and employers. She formed important relationships with key leaders throughout the public service.

Lynn was a committed feminist and promoted the rights of working women throughout her life. She was a powerful advocate for equal pay and pay equity and represented the PSA on the Labour-led Government’s Pay and Employment Equity Taskforce. 

Lynn was also a founding member of the Public Service Tripartite Forum, where she successfully advocated for the creation of a public service superannuation scheme.

Lynn was gregarious and fun to work with. She embraced life and people, putting everyone at ease and spreading her warmth and support.

PSA President Janet Quigley remembers Lynn as a special person who mentored and paved the way for other women in the union movement both here and internationally.

We will all miss her dearly.

National Secretary Kerry Davies

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President's Message

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Working for Free

For Pasefika women the statistics are even more damning – they’ve been working for free since September 29 due to a 25.5% pay gap. The pay gap is almost as dire for wāhine Māori – a 22.1% pay gap left them working for free since October 12.

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Kindly leading the way to Equal Pay

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Stand Up for Library Workers

At the launch delegate Chantalle Smith spoke of how research for their equal pay claim had found the skills required to do their job could be broken down into 22 separate categories.

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Mana Wahine: ‘Our passion is perceived as a threat'

A survey of wāhine Māori in the PSA has drawn a fantastic response - with more than 900 members taking the time to tell us about their employment experiences.

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Stark statistics help fight for equal pay and transparency

Your salaries generally reflect the gender and ethnic pay gaps seen in the wider workforce with Pākeha men well out in front of other groups.

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Fair Pay Agreements will give workers a fairer deal

That’s why we’ve made a submission on the Government’s new discussion document on FPAs and have been encouraging members to make sure their voices are heard.

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Honours for workers on frontline

The inaugural Public Service Day – Te Rā Kāwanatanga was held last year so this is the second year the awards have been handed out.

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PSAY Hui Inspires Success

After joining the PSA earlier this year, the DOC worker decided to attend the PSAY Hui in August.

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Pasefika Voices on Climate Strike

The PSA proudly supported the School Strike for Climate in September. For some of our Pasefika members the effects of climate change are already hitting home. They tell us why they took part in the rally on Parliament.

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“It opens their eyes”: Sector Māngai elected at Hui

Their role is to organise and advocate for Māori members in their sectors. They also represent their sectors on Te Kōmiti o Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Awhina and on sector committees.

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Reducing Māori Health Inequities

The convenor of Te Tira Hauora Kōmiti, a committee of Māori delegates across the DHB sector, presented their submission to the inquiry in November.

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‘It’s important to have Māori and female voices at the table’

Staff from the Ministry’s policy teams have attended UN indigenous rights forums in Geneva and New York.

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100 Years On - Labour is still not a Commodity

Its constitution still strikes a chord for those of us fighting for workers' rights:

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Your voice, our system

The forums will focus on mental health & addiction services, Māori health inequities, and disability services.

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Fearsome fighter

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A lifetime of discovery

As a curator of the hugely popular Awesome Forces exhibition at Te Papa Museum, and co-presenter of TV show, Coast New Zealand, he has also helped bring science to a wider audience.

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Unity in Diversity

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