PSA Working Life Journal: June 2021


"Thanks for making a difference"

"Thanks for making a difference"

We’ve been making sure your right to negotiate for pay increases is respected in the corridors of power and at the bargaining table.

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President's message

President's message

Welcome to this edition of Te Mahinga Ora, I hope you enjoy reading about the mahi your union has undertaken over the past three months.

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News in brief

News in brief

A first for PSA Pasefika, a Budget 2021 update, news on our case against Inland Revenue, and more...

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Long road to fair pay and conditions for support workers

Long road to fair pay and conditions for support workers

Our home support workers have some of the worst employment conditions in New Zealand, and the PSA is determined to help change that with a Fair Pay Agreement (FPA).

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Fair Pay Agreements – what are they all about?

Fair Pay Agreements –  what are they all about?

All too often, employers compete for contracts by holding down pay and undermining conditions in an endless race to the bottom.

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One Public Service

One Public Service

Common terms and conditions for all

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Unsung heroes reach well-deserved pay settlement

Unsung heroes reach well-deserved pay settlement

Our members at ESR are some of the unsung heroes of New Zealand’s Covid response.

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A massive contribution

A massive contribution

Our PSA Kaumātua is stepping down from his duties after a lifetime of mahi for our union and Māori workers.

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Fighting for a better life

Fighting for a better life

Janice Panoho has been fighting for a better life for Māori since she joined the 1975 Land March and is still pursuing that goal in her new leadership role with the PSA.

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Protect yourself, protect your community

Protect yourself, protect  your community

Many of our members in health and community services are among those to be receiving their Covid-19 vaccine as the rollout continues across Aotearoa.

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“We always have tamariki at heart”

“We always have tamariki at heart”

Supporting tamariki and whānau to thrive is something we all want to strive for - but some of Aotearoa’s most needed workers are undervalued for this important mahi.

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Wearing purple for library workers

Wearing purple for  library workers

Library workers and their supporters wore purple on May 13, to mark the second anniversary of our library assistants pay equity claim.

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Building back better?

Building back better?

Nobody anticipated the scale of extra spending in this year’s budget, but CTU economist Craig Renney asks where is the vision for building back better?

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Social insurance - an idea worth discussing

Social insurance - an idea worth discussing

A new scheme to cover a chunk of the wages of people who lose their jobs is an idea worth considering argues Sam Gribben of E tū.

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Ināia tonu nei: The time for climate action is now

Ināia tonu nei: The time for climate action is now

The PSA welcomes the Climate Change Commission’s advice that workers and unions help design a strategy that ensures the costs of transitioning to a low-emissions Aotearoa are shared fairly.

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Helen Kelly: Her Life by Rebecca Macfie

Helen Kelly: Her Life by Rebecca Macfie

Review by Fleur Fitzsimons

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A giant whose shoulders we stand on

A giant whose shoulders we stand on

Elizabeth Orr was a leader in pay equity and equal pay in Aotearoa for more than 50 years.

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Leading the way

Leading the way

When asked what attracted her to the study of marine macro-algae, NIWA delegate Wendy Nelson joked about getting paid to go to the beach.

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Kia Kaha Te Reo Hangarau!

 Kia Kaha Te Reo Hangarau!

Technology is an essential tool in modern workplaces. Here are some kupu and phrases that could come in handy at work or at home

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Signing for solidarity

Signing for solidarity

As we marked NZ Sign Language Week, Janet Stokes, one of our first Deaf delegates, told Te Mahinga Ora about her mahi for the union and Deaf community.

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Health and safety awards

Health and safety awards

Celebrating the exceptional work of our health and safety representatives across the public sector.

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"A perfect storm"

"A perfect storm"

As the effects of Covid and rising authoritarianism ravage much of our region, UnionAID’s Michael Naylor asks us to dig deep for their appeal.

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Around & About

Around & About

In this issue our photo page features the Nurses' Strike, Pink Shirt Day and much more

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