PSAY Hui Inspires Success


PSAY Hui Inspires Success

Inspirational speeches at this year’s PSA Youth Hui have propelled Elvisa Van Der Leden into a seat at the council table.

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

“I went along just to learn but I was really inspired by everybody who was there,” Elvisa says.

Speakers including Green MP Chloe Swarbrick made a big impression on the 28 year-old.

“Just going for it. Normalising young people standing for office was a big theme that I took from it.”

So much so she threw her hat in the ring for a seat on the Taranaki Regional Council – and just a few months later was sworn into office.

 HUMBLING VICTORY 
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Elvisa and Chloe Swarbrick

Elvisa says it took a while for the significance of her victory to sink in. “Especially for a young, multi-ethnic woman to get into that position first time round was humbling.”

She says she always got a laugh at election forums when she described herself as a half-Filipino half-Irish woman married to a Dutch-Māori, but now she believes she brings a fresh perspective to the council.

She hopes to promote the use of social media to educate her peers, marine issues which are close to her heart as a part-time environmental educator, and the Living Wage for council contractors.

 CONGRATULATIONS 

The PSA congratulates Elvisa and other PSA members who stood in local government and DHB elections in October.

Other successes include the return to Wellington City Council of PSA lawyer Fleur Fitzsimons, the election of PSA member Nicole Marshall to Environment Canterbury, and members Andrew Shaw and Cindy Schmidt to the Kaipātiki Local Board, Auckland Council. Former PSA member Zoe Brownlie was re-elected to the Auckland District Health Board.

We also thank candidates for promoting issues like the Living Wage, equal pay, and better public and health services during the campaign.

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President's Message

In October I was fortunate to attend the Council of Trade Unions Conference along with other members of the PSA delegation.

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Obituary: Lynn Middleton

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

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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

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.

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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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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

In the workplace union members seek to be visible, vocal and valued but for some workers being visible is a risk - not a right they are afforded.

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