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Interim justice review emphasizes need for change

By   /  June 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Interim justice review emphasizes need for change

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA welcomes the interim justice report released yesterday by Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, which made a clear case for change in the criminal justice system. The report outlined some significant findings, including the disproportionate representation of Māori in prisons, […]

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More needed for Disability Support to address years of underfunding

By   /  June 7, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on More needed for Disability Support to address years of underfunding

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA is disappointed the persistent underfunding of disability support services has continued in Budget 2019.Funding for National Disability Support Services in this budget is $7 million less than what was spent last year. That’s despite years of significant underfunding in the sector and soaring demand for services says PSA […]

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Government response to mental health and addiction inquiry brings hope

By   /  May 31, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Government response to mental health and addiction inquiry brings hope

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA has welcomed the long awaited Government response to ‘He Ara Oranga – Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction’ coupled with the ‘Budget 2019: Mental Health, Wellbeing and Addiction initiatives’ as an encouraging approach to transforming New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services. “The Government’s commitment to mental […]

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PSA applauds Porirua City Council commitment to Living Wage

By   /  May 30, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on PSA applauds Porirua City Council commitment to Living Wage

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The Public Service Association congratulates Porirua City Council for its decision to pay directly-employed staff the Living Wage of $21.15, making it the fifth City Council in New Zealand to do so. “The PSA strongly commends the Mayor and councillors who voted today to pay a Living Wage to all […]

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The PSA welcomes transition support package, hopes for further workforce focus

By   /  May 27, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on The PSA welcomes transition support package, hopes for further workforce focus

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA welcomes yesterday’s pre-budget announcement of over $150 million for a new Transition Support Service for young people leaving state care, and hopes further details will address social service workforce requirements. “We at the PSA are pleased to see a commitment to ongoing support for young adults entering the […]

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Access Community Health: Returning to the bargaining table

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Access Community Health: Returning to the bargaining table

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA and E tū bargaining team are hopeful for an improved offer from Access Community Health as they resume mediation today, following a week of nationwide strike actions by Access coordinators, administration, and call centre workers. “Access’ response to our members’ industrial action last week was disproportionate and reliant […]

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Funding and reform needed to make Parliament a kinder workplace

By   /  May 21, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Funding and reform needed to make Parliament a kinder workplace

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA is saddened but not surprised by the Francis Review’s findings of ‘systemic’ bullying and harassment in the Parliamentary workplace. We support the review’s recommendations for the reform of the employment relationships that exist there, and better resourcing to help change the culture that contributes to bullying. “All of […]

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Access Denied: Healthcare group again suspend low-paid workers in unprecedented action

By   /  May 15, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Access Denied: Healthcare group again suspend low-paid workers in unprecedented action

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Access Community Health has suspended workers without pay for a second time this week, in response to low-level industrial action by union members. The move comes ahead of a full day of strike action planned for Friday. In the extraordinary move Access has effectively split its workforce, suspending half the […]

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North Island Admin/Clerical finalise new collective agreements

By   /  May 14, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on North Island Admin/Clerical finalise new collective agreements

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) PSA members in the North Island have ratified new collective employment agreements, following months of bargaining. “We are very pleased about the progress that has been made in bargaining for new MECAs (Multi-Employer Collective Agreements) for DHB admin and clerical workers, and welcome the long overdue pay rises for many […]

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Access Community Health suspend lowest paid workers as industrial action begins

By   /  May 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Access Community Health suspend lowest paid workers as industrial action begins

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Access Community Health have suspended low-paid call centre workers and coordinators for engaging in partial strike action. Call centre workers and coordinators at the Access head office in Petone and Porirua began a three-hour ban on answering incoming phone calls at 9:00am, as part of a series of Access strike […]

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PSA welcomes return of well-being aspects

By   /  May 9, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on PSA welcomes return of well-being aspects

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA welcomes changes to the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill that will see reinstatement of four aspects of community well-being – social, environmental, economic, and cultural – into the Local Government Act. The changes follow the successful passing of the Bill during its third and final reading in […]

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OUR WORK MATTERS: Access Community health coordinators, contact centre workers and administrators to take industrial action

By   /  May 7, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on OUR WORK MATTERS: Access Community health coordinators, contact centre workers and administrators to take industrial action

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Workers who co-ordinate the home support of over 20,000 aged, injured and disabled people across New Zealand have voted to take industrial action in total frustration at their employer’s refusal to raise their wages. Despite playing a vital role in the care and support of around 3.8 million clients including […]

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Welfare Expert Advisory Group: “It’s time to restore dignity to social security in New Zealand”

By   /  May 6, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Welfare Expert Advisory Group: “It’s time to restore dignity to social security in New Zealand”

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The Public Service Association (PSA) has strongly welcomed today’s release of the Welfare Expert Advisory report, Whakamana Tāngata, and the opportunities it presents for an overhaul of the welfare system as we know it. “The vision of a social security system based on ‘whakamana tāngata’ – that restores dignity to […]

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Union officials detained by Fijian police

By   /  May 3, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Union officials detained by Fijian police

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA is calling for the immediate release of union officials currently being detained by the Fiji Government. More than thirty union members were arrested yesterday by Fijian authorities in response to plans for a nationwide day of action on Friday, followed by a march on Saturday. The members, who […]

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Corrections staff disappointed by slushy fund misrepresentation

By   /  April 29, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Corrections staff disappointed by slushy fund misrepresentation

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) PSA members working in prisons are hitting back at National’s claims of wasteful expenditure on slushy machines for overheated summer staff. The accusations of waste came after the Department of Corrections revealed it bought 193 slushy ice machines for prison staff over summer. PSA Organiser Willie Cochrane says prison staff […]

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PSA disturbed by dismal handling of funding issues for disability support services

By   /  April 21, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on PSA disturbed by dismal handling of funding issues for disability support services

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) New revelations today that the Ministry of Health has been blocked from making major cuts in funding for disability support services are a disturbing symptom of longstanding underfunding of the disability sector says the Public Service Association (PSA). “Information obtained by the New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN) about intended […]

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Progress being made for administration workers on Admin Appreciation day

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Progress being made for administration workers on Admin Appreciation day

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The Public Service Association (PSA), New Zealand’s largest union, is calling on all work to show appreciation for the tireless work of all of the tens of thousands of administrative and clerical co-workers around New Zealand as part of administration appreciation day.  “Administrative Professionals day, or Admin Day, is an […]

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PSA supports progressive thinking on capital gains tax

By   /  April 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on PSA supports progressive thinking on capital gains tax

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The Public Service Association (PSA) has stated its support for the campaign launched yesterday by Tax Justice Aotearoa New Zealand for capital gains taxation to be included in the Government’s move to undertake serious tax reform. “If the Government is serious about implementing a major set of long overdue tax […]

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Strong support for School Strike for Climate from PSA

By   /  March 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Strong support for School Strike for Climate from PSA

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Widespread support being given to the School Strike for Climate now includes support from the Public Service Association (PSA), New Zealand’s largest union, and its Eco Network. “We applaud the students who are standing up for climate action and organising and attending the rallies being held around New Zealand – […]

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Momentum for equal pay keeps building

By   /  March 5, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Momentum for equal pay keeps building

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) PSA 05 Mar 2019 The momentum for equal pay has gained another boost with signatures to a petition in support of DHB administration workers’ equal pay claim with DHBs passing the 10,000 mark on the cusp of International Women’s Day. PSA equal pay organiser Jo Taylor: “When International Women’s Day […]

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