A first for PSA Pasefika, a Budget 2021 update, news on our case against Inland Revenue, and more...
A blessing was held in April to acknowledge a first for PSA Pasefika.
The blessing at PSA House celebrated the appointment of Ulualofaiga Mareko as the Pasefika Representative on the PSA Executive Board.
This appointment came after resolutions were passed at Congress to introduce Pasefika representation across the union.
The Network is also working to elect Vā Moana delegates in enterprises who will then determine their Pacific sector representative.
Main image: PSA Pasefika network celebrates Pasefika representation on the PSA executive board
The PSA welcomed the Government's commitment in this year's budget to raise weekly benefit rates between $32 and $55 per adult by April 1 next year.
We’re also pleased significant funding has been allocated to support pay equity, including over $35 million between now and 2022
for the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act.
Home and community support workers receive hard-won recognition, with $81.8m to pay them their normal hourly rate for travel time and 10 minute paid breaks.
You can read CTU economist Craig Renney’s analysis of the budget, along with a look at the Government’s proposed social unemployment insurance scheme p. 18-20.
The PSA has sought leave to appeal the decision of the Employment Court in the Inland Revenue Madison litigation.
The PSA supported eight plaintiffs who worked in the IR call centre in their claim they were in fact employees of IR because they worked under the control of IR, were integrated into its business, and did the same work as the directly employed IR employees that they worked alongside. They were, however, on inferior terms and conditions, including a lower rate of pay and a longer working day.
In May the Employment Court concluded that the employment relationship was between the workers and Madison, not with IR.
The Court found that a “careful arrangement” was set up between Madison and IR, and that the parties acted within the “agreed boundaries”.
The implications of this case reach wider than Inland Revenue.
The use of contract and labour hire workers as a way to undercut the rights of workers and privatise the delivery of public services needs to be challenged politically and industrially, as well as legally in the Court of Appeal.
We will continue our work as a union to remedy this.
The workplace health and safety regulator, Worksafe, the PSA and health and safety representatives recently signed a Health and Safety Charter.
The charter lays out their joint commitment to a safe and healthy workplace and paves the way for a worker engagement and particpation agreement.
The PSA intends the Charter to be a model for other employers within the public sector.
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Last year PSA members were among recipients of almost $200,000 in grants from HealthCarePlus Grants for Good.
The grants support a wide range of amazing projects both large and small and help individuals with funding for professional development or hardship.
This year's grant themes are the future of work, wellbeing, equity, and responding to climate change.
So if you have a great idea or need help to fund your research or professional development a Grant for Good could be for you.
Got to https://info.healthcareplus.org.nz/grants-for-good for more information. Applications close July 9.
The PSA supports the recently announced Local Government review but is keen to make sure those who work in the sector are at the heart of the mahi.
The review will focus on how local government can better focus on its core work of public wellbeing – including the wellbeing of workers.
Local government plays an important role in our democratic system, giving people a voice in the leadership of their communities and in the governance of services and publicly owned assets.
We hope to see a strengthening of democracy, a commitment to the public ownership of services and climate action to protect people and the environment.
The review is due to report back in early 2023.
The PSA flew the flag in support of 30,000 Nurses Organisation members who went on strike for eight hours on June 9.
The strike came after DHBs failed to offer pay that fairly valued their work, or to ensure safe staffing in hospitals and DHB facilities.
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).
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.