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PSA Meets With Government - Union Members Will Bargain For Pay Increases

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 4:00 pm | PSA

A delegation from the Public Service Association today discussed upcoming pay negotiations with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, the Minister for the Public Service, the Minister of Workplace Relations and the Public Service Commissioner. Frank and ... More >>

PSA: Open Letter To Minister Chris Hipkins Re Govt Pay Restrictions

Friday, 7 May 2021, 1:04 pm | PSA

Tēna koe Minister Government’s pay restrictions A week ago today we wrote to you with our strong concerns about your intention to impose restrictions on public workers’ pay. On Wednesday you issued these restrictions without engaging or responding ... More >>

Pay Restrictions Punish Public Servants Who Protected Us From Covid-19

Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 8:55 am | PSA

The government has announced two more years of pay restriction for public servants, and the workers’ union says they feel betrayed. The Public Service Association represents almost 80,000 workers, many of whom wonder why the government would punish ... More >>

Vaccines Are Essential But Employment Rights Must Be Protected

Friday, 30 April 2021, 4:29 pm | PSA

The government has made vaccinations mandatory for border and MIQ workers. The Public Service Association says unvaccinated border staff should be redeployed, and their employment rights must be protected. The union will closely monitor any such process ... More >>

PSA Welcomes Waitangi Tribunal Report, Urges Action Over Unsafe Workloads

Friday, 30 April 2021, 3:13 pm | PSA

The union for Oranga Tamariki employees welcomes the release of the Waitangi Tribunal’s report, He Pāharakeke, He Rio Whakakīkinga Whāruarua. As the report’s proposals are considered and implemented, the Public Service Association hopes frontline staff ... More >>

Worker Participation Essential For Successful Health Reform

Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 9:26 am | PSA

Sweeping reforms announced today can deliver New Zealand a joined up, effective and equitable health system, but for them to succeed it is crucial that workers are guaranteed involvement in designing and implementing the new set up. Over 30,000 ... More >>

"Crisis" In Home Support Demands Urgent Government Overhaul

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 9:18 am | PSA

Thousands of care and support workers help sick, injured, and elderly New Zealanders live at home with dignity, but they are denied the pay, respect, and security of hours necessary to do the same. Two unions represent these workers, the Public Service ... More >>

Women Make Progress, But Not Equal Yet

Monday, 8 March 2021, 9:38 am | PSA

The collective efforts of working women are reducing the gender pay gap, but there is a long way to go yet; particularly for Māori, Pasefika and Asian women. As Public Service Association members mark International Women’s Day the union says there ... More >>

Public Servants Have Earned New Zealand’s Trust

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 10:35 am | PSA

New Zealanders Say They Trust The Public Service More Than Ever, And The Union For Public Servants Says Members Are Happy To Hear That After A Sometimes Difficult Year. The Latest Kiwis Count Survey Has Been Released By Te Kawa Mataaho, The Public Service ... More >>

Government Action Can Achieve Digital Inclusion

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 9:09 am | PSA

More than ten percent of New Zealanders have limited or no access to the internet. That’s over half a million people, and the Public Service Association says it’s time for this digital exclusion to end. The union today endorses Internet New Zealand’s ... More >>

To Keep Our Borders Safe, Involve Border Workers

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 4:14 pm | PSA

The Public Service Association wants all border employers to follow the Aviation Security Service’s example and organise their front line staff into ‘work bubbles’ - particularly workers in and around Auckland Airport. However, progress could be ... More >>

Local Government Workers’ Union Supports Māori Ward Bill

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 3:59 pm | PSA

Almost nine thousand Public Service Association members work for local authorities, and the union strongly supports the government’s decision to introduce under urgency the Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill. At a ... More >>

PSA Welcomes Appointment Of Chief Executive For Public Service Pay Equity

Friday, 22 January 2021, 12:31 pm | PSA

The Public Service Association welcomes the creation of a Chief Executive role to lead the public service’s pay equity work, and the appointment of Grainne Moss to this position. "Unions and public service employers are currently working ... More >>

Deaf And Disabled Workers Call For Accessibility And Equality

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 8:25 am | PSA

Today is the International Day of People with Disabilities. Almost one in four New Zealanders have a disability, and the Public Service Association says more must be done to enable Disabled people to lead good lives. The PSA’s Deaf and Disabled ... More >>

At Home Or At Work, Violence Is Never OK - Ratify ILO Convention 190

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 2:11 pm | PSA

New Zealand has the highest rate of domestic violence per capita in the developed world, and the second highest rate of workplace bullying. The Public Service Association says this plague of violence - physical, verbal and emotional - must be addressed ... More >>

Benedict Ferguson Elected New PSA President

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 5:06 pm | PSA

The Public Service Association is delighted to announce Benedict Ferguson has been elected president by delegates at its two-yearly National Congress. Mr Ferguson has worked for Auckland Council for over 18 years. For the past five years, he has been ... More >>

Direct Employment Of Security Guards Will Improve Safety And Conditions

Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 2:51 pm | PSA

The Public Service Association welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that the government will directly employ security guards as part of the Covid-19 response, and pay them the Living Wage. The union believes this should be a stepping ... More >>

PSA Supports Mandatory Covid-19 Testing For Border And Isolation Workers

Friday, 14 August 2020, 4:21 pm | PSA

The Public Service Association is strongly in favour of border control, managed isolation and quarantine workers getting a Covid-19 test as soon as possible, and supports the tests being mandatory and regular. PSA members from multiple government ... More >>

Multiple Unions Endorse Call For Free & Universal Basic Services

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 9:26 am | PSA

The Public Service Association welcomes the decision by FIRST Union to join the campaign for an Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment, a policy proposal that all New Zealanders should receive services like healthcare, education, public transport and broadband ... More >>

Staff Exhausted, Clients At Risk: PSA Requests Intervention

Monday, 3 August 2020, 3:38 pm | PSA

Workers who support New Zealand’s most vulnerable people say their clients are in danger because their employer introduced failing systems. HealthCare NZ is a privately owned for-profit company that provides publicly funded home care and support to elderly, ... More >>