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Social Worker pay equity settlement marks an historic milestone

By   /  September 25, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Social Worker pay equity settlement marks an historic milestone

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Reaching the offer of a pay equity settlement for social workers at Oranga Tamariki is an historic milestone that begins to put social work up where it belongs, says the PSA. “The negotiations that have brought the bargaining for this settlement to completion for taking to ratification are a tribute […]

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PSA calls on MPI to listen more to dog handlers in Auckland

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on PSA calls on MPI to listen more to dog handlers in Auckland

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA is calling on MPI to listen more to dog handlers at Auckland Airport who have been advocating for a longstanding roster in the Border Clearance Services/ Detector Dog Programme at Auckland Airport to be reinstated for dog handlers. “Affected PSA members at the airport have been voicing problems […]

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Changes to the 1972 Equal Pay Act will make it easier for women to achieve equal pay

By   /  September 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Changes to the 1972 Equal Pay Act will make it easier for women to achieve equal pay

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The PSA supports the Government’s announcement of amendments to the 1972 Equal Pay Act. “Today’s announced amendments to the 1972 Equal Pay Act, is welcome ” Says Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary “We have been applying the Equal Pay Principles developed by the Joint Working Group to our current Equal […]

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MOJ industrial action strikes close to Courts

By   /  September 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on MOJ industrial action strikes close to Courts

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Around 1500 Ministry of Justice staff walked off the job for two hours today, with rallies held outside Courts across the country. [embedded content] The show of unity and solidarity in the struggle for equity and fair pay across the Ministry of Justice saw the diverse range of justice workers […]

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“Chris Hipkins needs to stay in his lane”: PSA criticises minister over parliament funding comments

By   /  September 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on “Chris Hipkins needs to stay in his lane”: PSA criticises minister over parliament funding comments

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Proper funding for parliamentary offices, including the Opposition, is a central part of our democracy, and Ministers cannot just dismiss it out of hand, the PSA says. Leader of the House Chris Hipkins dismissed the latest Appropriations Review Committee report as “dead in the water” after the Opposition criticised its […]

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Come on Tauranga Council – pay your staff a Living Wage

By   /  September 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Come on Tauranga Council – pay your staff a Living Wage

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Tauranga City councillors should do the decent thing and agree to pay all their staff the Living Wage, the PSA says. The Council must vote to ratify a decision to pay all directly-employed staff at least $20.55 an hour, and is due to consider the issue shortly. It is estimated […]

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IRD and PSA finalise new collective agreement, ending industrial dispute

By   /  September 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on IRD and PSA finalise new collective agreement, ending industrial dispute

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) PSA members at the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective employment agreement, ending a high-profile industrial dispute. But PSA delegates have warned the Commissioner of IRD Naomi Ferguson that the next round of bargaining will begin in a few months – and the PSA […]

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“Where’s the Justice?” Ministry staff ponder strike action as talks fail

By   /  September 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on “Where’s the Justice?” Ministry staff ponder strike action as talks fail

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Nearly 2000 PSA members at the Ministry of Justice are voting on strike action later this month, in an attempt to get a fair deal for low-paid and female workers. Ministry staff are balloting for a two-hour stoppage on Wednesday 19 September, after efforts to negotiate a new pay deal […]

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Long-overdue state sector reform needs to deliver for Aotearoa

By   /  September 4, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Long-overdue state sector reform needs to deliver for Aotearoa

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Reform of the State Sector Act is long overdue and the public of Aotearoa needs to take this chance to develop a future-focused public service, the PSA says. State Services Minister Chris Hipkins has announced a six-week public consultation around changes to the Act, which will include online and social […]

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Public servants get the Living Wage they deserve

By   /  September 3, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Public servants get the Living Wage they deserve

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Some of New Zealand’s lowest-paid government workers will now find it easier to pay bills, save for their retirement and feed their families, as the Government implements a Living Wage for the core public service. Amanda Sykes and Samantha Tottenham meet PM Jacinda Ardern From today, more than 1000 PSA […]

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PSA says nationwide “stocktake” would help end workplace sexual harassment

By   /  September 2, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on PSA says nationwide “stocktake” would help end workplace sexual harassment

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) A national “stocktake” of workplace sexual harassment would signal a serious approach to a growing problem in New Zealand, the PSA says. An investigation by Stuff’s #MeTooNZ campaign has shown the number of sexual harassment complaints in public agencies has doubled since 2015. PSA National Secretary Erin Polaczuk says this […]

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Rise in suicide figures reaffirms need for system-wide change

By   /  August 24, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Rise in suicide figures reaffirms need for system-wide change

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) The Government must act quickly and decisively to address New Zealand’s growing suicide crisis, the PSA says. The Chief Coroner, Judge Deborah Marshall, has released the annual provisional suicide statistics, showing 668 people died by suicide in the year ending 30 June 2018. This is the highest rate per 100,000 […]

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Genuine reform of justice system must follow conversations

By   /  August 22, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Genuine reform of justice system must follow conversations

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Talking about the flaws in the justice system has begun an important process which must now be backed up with real reforms, the PSA says. The PSA is attending the three-day Criminal Justice Summit in Porirua hosted by Justice Minister Andrew Little. “This is an important staging post towards genuine […]

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Ditching performance pay for CEs is great, now finish the job

By   /  August 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Ditching performance pay for CEs is great, now finish the job

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Performance pay is unfair, discriminatory and deserves to be consigned to the dustbin of history – and now the public service needs to get on and finish the job, the PSA says. State Services Minister Chris Hipkins has announced performance pay for public service chief executives has been ended, with […]

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PSA shows solidarity to striking NZEI members

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on PSA shows solidarity to striking NZEI members

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Primary school teachers deserve a fair go, and PSA members stand together with them in their strike action today. PSA staff members and their children at NZEI strike rally in Christchurch “We stand in solidarity with striking NZEI members today, because we agree it’s time to fix the crisis in […]

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PSA members’ commitment may break IR strike deadlock

By   /  August 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on PSA members’ commitment may break IR strike deadlock

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Around 3000 Inland Revenue Department (IR) staff walked off the job in a half-day strike today, showing commitment which may have broken the deadlock between IR and PSA members. Striking workers downed tools for four hours around the country, holding rallies, doing volunteer work at food banks and community groups, […]

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Inland Revenue managers run for cover as further strike action looms

By   /  July 31, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Inland Revenue managers run for cover as further strike action looms

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Senior management at the Inland Revenue Department (IR) have decided to cancel a two-day conference in Auckland, rather than front up to a small group of workers tomorrow. PSA members at IR will walk off the job for four hours tomorrow (Wednesday 1 August), because IR is refusing to come […]

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Domestic violence legislation shows unions’ power to drive change

By   /  July 26, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Domestic violence legislation shows unions’ power to drive change

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) World-first legislation to give workplace support to victims of family violence proves unions are driving change for all workers, the PSA says. Green MP Jan Logie sponsored the Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Bill, which became law last night and will come into effect from April next year. The new Act […]

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Workers must be consulted in changes to Wellington region home support

By   /  July 25, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on Workers must be consulted in changes to Wellington region home support

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) Stability and certainty for home care workers and their clients must be central to any decisions made around service providers in the Wellington region, the PSA and E tū unions say. Capital and Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB are calling for tenders for home care support services, after calling […]

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More strike action likely in public service after second day of stoppages

By   /  July 23, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, PSA, Public Service Association, Unions  /  Comments Off on More strike action likely in public service after second day of stoppages

Source: Public Service Association (PSA) More than 4000 PSA members walked off the job for a second time today, with further strike action now likely early next month. PSA members protest in Christchurch Members at Inland Revenue (IR) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) held a two-hour strike in support of their […]

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