PSA Working Life Journal


President's message

President's message

At the beginning of 2021, I doubt anyone imagined we would be in the situation we are in right now in Aotearoa.

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Nothing about us, without us

Nothing about us, without us

Members of the PSA Deaf and Disabled network say the new Ministry for Disabled People must employ, represent and consult with people with all disabilities.

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Mourning our Kaumātua

Mourning our Kaumātua

Kua hinga te tōtara i te wao tapu nui a Tāne, te hunga kua mene ki te pō.

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How unions can fight inequality

How unions can fight inequality

Unions can help reverse the growing class division in Aotearoa argues economist Max Rashbrooke in his new book.

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Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou!

Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou!

Here are some kupu hararei to add to your kōrero over the festive break!

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Kia Toipoto: Closing Gaps

Kia Toipoto: Closing Gaps

An ambitious new plan aims to close pay gaps for women, Māori, Pacific peoples, and other ethnic groups across the public service and crown entities including DHBs.

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Equal pay delayed is equal pay denied

Equal pay delayed is equal pay denied

DHB members went to Parliament in October to push for the speedy resolution of their equal pay claims.

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More ambition on emissions

More ambition on emissions

Last month on the eve of COP26, the government set out its updated international commitments to reduce emissions – which have been heavily criticised for outsourcing our responsibilities.

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Training together online

Training together online

Every year the PSA educates hundreds of delegates to support members in the workplace, so being able to moving training online during Covid disruptions has been a priority.

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Congratulations!

Congratulations!

Thanks to the PSA winners of Public Service Day Awards who have shown outstanding service to their communities in 2021.

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A high trust relationship

A high trust relationship

The Department of Conservation has been praised for having one of the best industrial relationships in the public service.

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A safe world of work

A safe world of work

Imagine a world where all of us, no matter where we work or what we do, are safe from violence and harassment.

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Transforming Health

Transforming Health

The government’s reform of our health system is drawing closer.

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Leaving a lasting legacy

Leaving a lasting legacy

Changes to labour laws in Qatar in the leadup to the 2022 FIFA World Cup show how international sporting events can help promote human rights.

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“This medal is ridiculously well-deserved”

“This medal is ridiculously well-deserved”

A wheelchair has proved no barrier to Dr Gerald Rys continuing a distinguished career in agriculture and science that’s been recognised with a Public Service Medal.

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Leading the way

Leading the way

When Sripriya Somasekhar received the NZ Public Service Medal, her citation declared she “lives and breathes” her commitment to inclusion and diversity.

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“The work is changing day by day”

“The work is changing day by day”

The last few months have been amongst the toughest of the pandemic for Aotearoa, and our members have continued to go above and beyond to support their communities. Here are a few of your stories.

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Wāhine Māori members call out racism

Wāhine Māori members call out racism

A survey of our wāhine Māori members has revealed appallingly high levels of bias, discrimination and racism in the workplace – so we’re launching a campaign to call it out.

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President's Message

President's Message

Benedict Ferguson talks about the importance of vaccination in this issue's President's Message.

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80,000 strong!

80,000 strong!

Our 80,000th PSA member Susan Klock ticked the box to join the union as soon as she started her new job at the Bay of Plenty DHB in February.

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News in Brief

News in Brief

Our Covid vaccination webinars, helping flood victims, and a workplace agreement at ERO feature in our News in Brief.

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It feels different this time

It feels different this time

Once again essential workers have been leading the way as we work to contain the spread of Covid-19 in our communities.

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Our union goals

Our union goals

We’ve refreshed our strategic goals to strongly reflect our commitment to Te Tiriti and Ngā Kaupapa principles and to combatting climate change.

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