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
PSA members and local communities joined forces in February to protest restructuring that threatened hundreds of jobs and quality client care.
While the restructuring by HealthCare NZ is now set to go ahead the protests have thrown a spotlight on issues besetting the home care and support sector.
Union organisers from the Pacific have spoken about the challenges some face while trying to improve conditions for workers in their countries.