He waka eke noa – We are all in this together
I am so proud of our members at Healthcare NZ who in the last few weeks have been protesting restructuring that threatened jobs and quality client care.
I’m deeply disappointed with NZ Health Group’s decision to proceed with restructuring, albeit with the saving of some jobs.
We stand with all our members who will be affected by the restructuring and will continue to oppose the proposal which flies in the face of feedback from members and local communities.
One year on from the horrific attacks in Christchurch our union like the rest of the nation acknowledges the tragic loss of life suffered by the Muslim community.
This is also a time to remember the messages of unity and belonging which were voiced by our Prime Minister and others following the attacks.
I also pay tribute to our members who worked to ease the suffering of the victims and their families.
Looking ahead to this year’s election it is so important to ensure we have a government that will support the rights of workers.
We’ve made great strides over the past few years but there is still plenty to do including bringing in fair pay agreements and protections for contractors and labour hire workers.
As a union we are working hard to support contractors and labour hire workers to get a fair deal and to ensure the increasing use of contractors doesn’t undermine conditions for employees.
As I head into my last year as PSA President I am looking back on the achievements of the past few years.
But I am also hoping we can achieve more before my time as President comes to an end in September.
I am especially looking forward to a successful end to negotiations that are currently underway for the DHB Admin and clerical workers’ pay equity claim.
Ngā mihi maioha
Janet Quigley, PSA President
The organisers from Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Australia, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands were attending the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific workshop in Nadi in November.
This award was originally created in honour of Marlene Pitman, who passed away on 16th January 2010, to recognise her membership and service of 25 years. As an activist at Child Youth and Family, she was convenor of the Social Services sector committee and an executive board member for 2 years, a delegate for 23 years and a hardworking member of Te Komiti o Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Āwhina.
*Good morning.* Mōrena/Ata mārie. *Welcome to (workplace).* Nau mai ki . *Are you busy?* He nui ō mahi? *I am very busy!* He tino nui aku mahi! *No. I am not very busy. Kāo.* Kāore i nui aku mahi. Kei te aha koe? *What are you doing? *Kei te tuhituhi au. *I am writing. *Kei te mahi au.* I am working.*