Nominations are now being sought for the Marlene Pitman award.
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.
Today this award not only honours Marlene’s contribution to the union, but provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of Māori PSA delegates who provide outstanding service to Māori.
The individual or group who receive this award will have shown outstanding leadership that is above and beyond the expected duties of the role they occupy by, for example:
Nominations can be completed by filling out and returning this form. It is important to note when ﬁlling out the nomination form that the criteria required is clearly stated in your nomination form.
Any events or actions your nominee has taken part in should be reasonably current, but in some cases historical recognition will apply. A delegate may receive the award more than once.
PSA members and local communities joined forces in February to protest restructuring that threatened hundreds of jobs and quality client care.
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Union organisers from the Pacific have spoken about the challenges some face while trying to improve conditions for workers in their countries.