In the lead-up to the general election, the PSA welcomes the new Public Service Act’s affirmation that public servants have the same rights of political expression and freedoms as all other New Zealanders.
We are aware of a number of members who are running for election and wish them well.
We also encourage members to get involved in the election campaign, to vote and to encourage family and friends to vote.
State servants can express political views in their own time without undermining the ability of their agency to maintain the political neutrality required to work with current and future governments, regardless of their political persuasion.
YEARS OF CAMPAIGNING
The passing of the Public Service Legislation Bill in July also offers new opportunities to improve the delivery of services, the relationship between Crown and Māori, and the working lives of public servants.
It follows years of campaigning by the PSA for a more joined-up public service, and intensive consultation with the Government and the State Services Commission – now renamed Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission.
“All New Zealanders will benefit from more co-ordinated services,” says PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay.
“There have been times when the public sector has felt fragmented, and that can be challenging to navigate for both citizens in need of support and staff working hard to provide it.”
Glenn says Covid has shown the need for consistent terms and conditions so public servants can redeploy more easily to where they are needed.
“The new Act gives us the tools to achieve this, and promotes the concept of a career public service.”
Public Service sector māngai Paula Davis says the new Act commits the Crown to a strong partnership with Māori and provides many mechanisms to make that a reality.
“We can’t forget however, how many previous commitments have struggled to make the leap from the paper they’re written on into the lives of people in our community.”
“I look forward to seeing our government agencies improve their Māori cultural capabilities. There are plans to have a million New Zealanders speaking te reo by 2040, and that will require a public service capable and confident of engaging with all aspects of te Ao Māori.”
PSA Pasefika union members have been voicing their support for the Pasefika community during the latest Covid outbreak.