The Covid-19 pandemic will change our future in ways we cannot yet know.
PSA members care deeply for their families, communities and the country.
So we are inviting you to take part in a discussion about the future we want.
This discussion takes place at a time of economic uncertainty and the prospect of rising unemployment, but also a time when our public and community services have assumed a role of greater significance.
As we shift out of lockdown, some people say it’s time to get back to business as usual.
But we believe Covid-19 has exposed how ‘business is usual’ is not working for many people.
It has exposed a failure to support and protect many of us.
It has shown gaps in our fragmented health and disability system.
The absence of cars on our roads has revealed how our busy lives were contributing to the environmental degradation of our beautiful country.
As PSA delegate Pania Love asks “How can they say “business as usual?”
Pania, a care and support worker, takes pride in union members who took “unbelievable risks” to care for their fellow New Zealanders in the pandemic.
She takes pride in a country where we put people first.
“We have witnessed neighbours, whole communities, local businesses, marae, iwi, whānau and total strangers stand together to help those in need. Vote New Normal,” she says.
The PSA believes our focus should be on people and their wellbeing – and is pleased the Government has continued to take that approach to the rebuild.
But we believe we can do even better. Let’s bring about a New Normal through:
An Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment:
Let’s commit to a collection of public services that will ensure all New Zealanders are cared for and can fully participate in our society
Let’s help reduce inequality by settling equal pay claims and offering flexible work options for all
A better working life for everyone:
Let’s pay the living wage as a minimum to public and community service workers who served us so well through the pandemic
An Integral Role for Unions in tripartite decision-making:
Let’s strengthen the voice of workers
We are taking this discussion to your PSA sector committees and networks. If you want to have your say contact: Policy5@psa.org.nz
We’ll have more on our Building Blocks for Recovery and Change as we head towards Election 2020.