President's Message March 2020


President's Message March 2020

He waka eke noa – We are all in this together

Tēnā koutou

I am so proud of our members at Healthcare NZ who in the last few weeks have been protesting restructuring that threatened jobs and quality client care.

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I’m deeply disappointed with NZ Health Group’s decision to proceed with restructuring, albeit with the saving of some jobs. 

We stand with all our members who will be affected by the restructuring and will continue to oppose the proposal which flies in the face of feedback from members and local communities.

CHRISTCHURCH ANNIVERSARY

One year on from the horrific attacks in Christchurch our union like the rest of the nation acknowledges the tragic loss of life suffered by the Muslim community.

This is also a time to remember the messages of unity and belonging which were voiced by our Prime Minister and others following the attacks.

I also pay tribute to our members who worked to ease the suffering of the victims and their families.

ELECTION YEAR

Looking ahead to this year’s election it is so important to ensure we have a government that will support the rights of workers.

We’ve made great strides over the past few years but there is still plenty to do including bringing in fair pay agreements and protections for contractors and labour hire workers.

As a union we are working hard to support contractors and labour hire workers to get a fair deal and to ensure the increasing use of contractors doesn’t undermine conditions for employees.

LOOKING FORWARD

As I head into my last year as PSA President I am looking back on the achievements of the past few years.

But I am also hoping we can achieve more before my time as President comes to an end in September.

I am especially looking forward to a successful end to negotiations that are currently underway for the DHB Admin and clerical workers’ pay equity claim.

Ngā mihi maioha

Janet Quigley, PSA President

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PSA Executive Board

Also in this issue:


Maranga Mai

The guiding purpose of Maranga mai o ngā whakangungu ā rohe is to enable Māori delegates to use their perspective and experience to advocate for Te Tiriti o Waitangi in their workplaces.

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"We have come too far to not go further"

The Public Service in its current form is failing Māori. This is abundantly clear as Māori are over-represented in all negative social statistics. We need a public service that delivers for Māori.

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“Remember the loss but also remember the hope”

PSA delegate Benjamin Gresham says the Christchurch Invitation is a call to spread peace, reconnect, and feed the hungry - which draws on the teachings of the Muslim tradition.

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‘We thank you for your brave stand’

As forty or so people gathered in the blazing Wairarapa sun, only two had ever joined a protest before in their lives. Within twenty minutes, they were leading their own chants and you could hear them for miles.

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Leading the charge on contractor rights

The PSA made a change to its rules in 2018 by enabling contractors and labour hire workers to become members.

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Make it Real

Their work often goes unnoticed - but they’re the ones that keep organisations running smoothly, the ones you turn to when things go wrong, the ones that are first to greet the public.

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Opportunities and issues with new bill

The PSA welcomes most aspects of the bill - but there are issues it does not address and we drew these to the attention of the select committee.

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The PSA’s greatest victory?

On 29 March 1974 more than 600 uniformed school dental nurses proceeded silently down Wellington’s Lambton Quay. It was, as one observer noted, “almost certainly the largest demonstration of women since the days of the suffragettes”.

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We Count

More than 30% of lesbian, gay and bisexual public service workers who responded to the State Service Commission’s We Count Survey last year reported being uncomfortable being open or out at work.

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Pacific organisers speak of challenges and triumphs

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.

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Holiday Home Snaps

The snaps from holiday home stays around the country show just how much fun and relaxation our PSA accommodation has to offer .

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Climate Talk

Tried talking to your Dad about the bushfires in Australia only to discover he’s a climate change denier?

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Leading the Way

“As a child I thought everyone had a Mum and Dad who cared about them,” says the Ngāti Kahungunu wahine who grew up in a loving whānau environment.

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On the Job

“I can help with mental and physical health problems. I want to provide a service where they don’t need to see lots of people.

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Te Reo o te Tari

*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.*

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New CTU Secretary Looks to the Future

“I had completed a conjoint arts and law degree so the position tapped into my passion for drama and the arts as well as my knowledge of employment law and policy,” the 31 year-old recalls.

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Mana Wahine Claim goes to Waitangi

The stall gave us an opportunity to kōrero kanohi ki te kanohi with the wider community about the kaupapa of Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina’s Waitangi Tribunal claim.

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