PSA members and the wider union movement are voicing their support for the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment.
The Council of Trade Unions and FIRST Union have thrown their weight behind the campaign.
“Covid-19 has reminded us all how fundamental a strong public sector is to our society’s wellbeing,” says CTU secretary Melissa Ansell-Bridges.
“It lays down a real challenge to politicians from across the political spectrum to rebuild better.
FIRST union, which represents more than 30,000 private sector workers is also voicing its support.
“We see this an exciting opportunity to get ordinary New Zealanders active and engaged in an election year,” says FIRST general secretary Dennis Maga.
“Everyone can have a decent standard of living and fully contribute to our society if we empower ordinary working people and encourage politicians to be bold.”
SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS
Our members have also been getting behind the campaign.
At our Let’s Do Even BETTER campaign launch, Kaumatua Allan Franks described it as providing an opportunity for our children, while support worker delegate Simone Best also saw it as a “light at the end of the tunnel” for her and her whānau.
The PSA Pasefika Network is on board too. Our Aoteaora Wellbeing Commitment postcards have been translated into Samoan, Tongan and Cook Island Māori, while the Komiti is keen to help encourage voter turnout which is traditionally lower in Pasefika communities.
PSAY co-convenor and youth rep on the PSA Executive Board Megan Barry believes the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment is an inclusive way to move forward in uncertain times.
“As much as changes to the healthcare system would be great, as a nurse in south Auckland I can see that changes to healthcare alone will not be enough.
“We need to make changes in all areas of life; housing, education, income support, public transport and internet access. Let’s do even better now, to make life the best in the future.”
PSA Pasefika union members have been voicing their support for the Pasefika community during the latest Covid outbreak.