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PSA Welcomes Progressive New Coalition Government

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Public Service Association warmly welcomes the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and congratulates Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party on the formation of a new Government. “We’re looking at an exciting new progressive partnership between three parties that have campaigned on commitments to deal with the biggest issues affecting […]

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Parents’ plea: Don’t let any more of our kids die – PSA

By   /  October 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Parents’ plea: Don’t let any more of our kids die – PSA

Parents who lost their 15-year-old daughter to suicide two months ago delivered a 30,000-strong petition to Parliament today to mark World Mental Health Day. Hana Reedy and Api Nasedra presented a photo of their daughter Ariana, framed by the names of the thousands of New Zealanders calling for an inquiry into mental health. Mrs Reedy’s […]

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National’s health report card gets an ‘F’ for funding – PSA

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Persistent underfunding of the health system over the last nine years is having a severely negative impact on the quality and timeliness of services, and funding must urgently be restored by the next government if we are to avert the worst of an impending crisis, says the Public Service Association. “Seeing National’s record on health […]

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Latest suicide statistics a wakeup call for New Zealand – PSA

By   /  August 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Latest suicide statistics a wakeup call for New Zealand – PSA Provisional annual suicide statistics for 2016/17 released today by the Chief Coroner show more people taking their own lives than ever recorded before, and it should be a wakeup call for New Zealand to truly address the crisis in mental health services and commit […]

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PREFU protest: Robbing nurse Peta to pay surplus Paul – PSA

By   /  August 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on PREFU protest: Robbing nurse Peta to pay surplus Paul – PSA

The Public Service Association and YesWeCare.nz coalition is protesting today’s PREFU announcment calling the surplus “artificial”. The union and health coalition have set up 100 life sized-cut outs of missing health workers outside Newtown Primary School, 16 Mein Street, Wellington. Bill English is visiting the school at 1.45 pm to 2.45 pm today. National Secretary […]

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Wasted time, ignored expertise: Oranga Tamariki’s staff exodus – PSA

By   /  August 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Wasted time, ignored expertise: Oranga Tamariki’s staff exodus – PSA

The number of social workers leaving Child, Youth and Family during the formation of Oranga Tamariki was largely down to the expertise of long-serving staff being ignored in the review process and a costly and wasteful Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) that failed generate new ideas or knowledge to address the real issues in service design […]

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State Sector Retirement funds must stop investing in arms companies – PSA

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Members of a government-implemented super scheme will be deeply disappointed their savings are being invested in companies which make cluster bombs or nuclear weapons, the PSA says. The State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme (SSRSS) has been closed to new members since October 2008 and has around 30,000 members invested in two providers, ASB and AMP. […]

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New Ministry of Vulnerable Children focuses on problems, not potential – PSA

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The government’s choice of name for the new Ministry of Vulnerable Children is short-sighted and may further disadvantage the families it aims to help, the Public Service Association says. “This is a poor decision on the government’s part, because it immediately sends worrying signals about what the new Ministry is there to do,” PSA National […]

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Wellington mayoral candidates support the Living Wage – PSA

By   /  August 16, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Wellington mayoral candidates support the Living Wage – PSA

Three Wellington mayoral hopefuls say they will ensure Wellington City Council fully adopts the Living Wage at the first candidates’ forum of this election campaign. The PSA held a forum for candidates which was attended by Justin Lester, Jo Coughlan, Helene Ritchie, Keith Johnson, Andy Foster, Nicola Young and Nick Leggett. Mr Lester, Ms Ritchie […]

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New Ministry for Vulnerable Children risks missing the vital role of family – PSA

By   /  July 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New Ministry for Vulnerable Children risks missing the vital role of family – PSA

The announcement of a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children risks removing the vital focus on whānau and communities, says the union of nearly 2,500 people who currently work at the Ministry’s predecessor, Child Youth and Family (CYF). “People working at CYF have been clearly stating for years that workloads and underfunding are the biggest barrier […]

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State houses are for living in, not selling off – PSA

By   /  July 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on State houses are for living in, not selling off – PSA

Today’s meeting to try to sell more than 364 state houses is an appalling decision by the Government given the current housing crisis, says Glenn Barclay, national secretary of the Public Service Association. “People across the country are crying out for suitable housing, and the last thing the Government should be doing is trying to […]

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Unions seek injunction to restrain lockouts at Airports – PSA

By   /  July 12, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Unions seek injunction to restrain lockouts at Airports – PSA

The New Zealand Public Service Association and E tū have today filed legal proceedings in the Employment Court in Wellington which seek to restrain the proposed eight day lockout of Aviation Security Staff at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin airports. “We are asking the Employment Court to deal with this urgently and issue an […]

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PSA to National: give up social bonds, focus on quality services

By   /  July 7, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on PSA to National: give up social bonds, focus on quality services

The collapse of the government’s first social bonds project should signal the end to experimentation with the way social services are funded, the Public Service Association says. Talks to set up the first in a proposed series of social bonds have reportedly broken down, with the provider Wise Group withdrawing from the scheme. The programme […]

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Government must intervene to help Lifeline continue – PSA

By   /  July 2, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Lifeline must not become the latest casualty of New Zealand’s mental health crisis, the Public Service Association says. The crisis counselling service says it only has funding to run for one more year, and has been forced to put out its hand for public donations after the government refused to help. Lifeline provides 24-hour telephone […]

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Christchurch Convention Centre shambles proves PPPs have no place in NZ – PSA

By   /  July 2, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Taxpayers will foot the whole bill for yet another failed public-private partnership, the Public Service Association says – and the government should call time on its obsession with the funding model. Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee says it is no longer in partnership with Plenary Conventions New Zealand to build the half-billion-dollar complex. Instead, […]

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Urgent action needed to protect staff and young people at Te Puna Wai – PSA

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Urgent action needed to protect staff and young people at Te Puna Wai – PSA

Young people and staff at Christchurch’s Te Puna Wai youth justice facility are at serious risk every day, and urgent action must be taken to improve safety there, the Public Service Association says. The facility’s been reviewed by outgoing Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills and has received the first “detrimental” rating included in his State of […]

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