We extend a warm welcome to Benedict Ferguson who has been elected as our new president by delegates at Congress 2020.
In 2008 he became the youngest person ever elected to the PSA Executive Board, and for the last four years he has been PSA Vice President.
Benedict set up the PSA’s first ever youth network and is active in other union networks such as Out@PSA and the PSA Eco Network. Up until two months ago he was co-convenor of our local government sector committee.
For the past five years Benedict has been a fulltime PSA delegate at Auckland Council, the only fulltime local government union delegate in New Zealand.
Benedict replaces Janet Quigley as President. We extend our thanks to Janet for her extraordinary contribution over the past four years and wish her all the best for the future.
KIA ORA E TE WHĀNAU O TE PŪKENGA HERE TIKANGA MAHI
I am honoured to be writing this as your new President of the PSA.
I would like to acknowledge the candidates that ran alongside me at Congress 2020, Lusila Aiono-Tahaafe, Paula Davis and Marshall Tangaroa. I look forward to working with you as we continue the hard work ahead of us.
I would also like to acknowledge our immediate past president Janet Quigley who has led our union over the past four years. Your leadership, wisdom and determination has ensured we have achieved so much. I Iook forward to working hard to achieve more for our members.
I have spent my whole life fighting for the union movement. My values are grounded in the belief that everyone deserves dignity and respect, that there is mana in work, and that we should be involved in decisions about our working life.
Over the next two years I look forward to building a stronger union that will:
We have the potential to exert great influence right now to change Aotearoa and improve working lives for the better.
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