Latest News Latest News from the PSA http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed.aspx http://backend.userland.com/rss Waikato water must remain under community control The Public Service Association (PSA) believes that Waikato councils’ investigation of options for the provision of water and wastewater services must ensure it remains in public hands.<br /> <br /> The PSA represents over 230 staff working in a range of roles at Hamilton City, Waikato District and Waipa District Councils, as well as thousands of people working in other roles in the region.<br /> <br /> Glenn Barclay, PSA Acting National Secretary, said “The PSA is happy to provide lessons we have learned from other councils of the risk of moving services into CCOs, away from democratic control,”<br /> <br /> “Water is a key long term resource affecting the future of our country, especially in the Waikato with the influence of dairying.<br /> <br /> “Retaining democratic control of public services is crucial, and is compatible with increased cooperation between councils.<br /> <br /> “We know that CCOs can be a stepping stone to privatisation, and often result in workers being worse off.<br /> <br /> “Better provision of services is in everyone’s interest, but should not come at the cost of democracy or working conditions,” said Glenn Barclay. http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-07-17/Waikato_water_must_remain_under_community_control.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-07-17/Waikato_water_must_remain_under_community_control.aspx c8bd4ed6-4f60-4c40-b40a-593f3b16c888 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:51:21 GMT Report shows public sector skills must be valued more The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed the release of a Productivity Commission report that recommends placing more value on the skills of regulatory staff.<br /> <br /> The Productivity Commission’s <em>report on regulatory institutions and practices</em>, is an in-depth look at New Zealand’s regulatory systems and how they can be more efficient and effective.<br /> <br /> Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “The constant push for flexibility from public servants has reduced specialist skills in regulatory agencies,”<br /> <br /> “The PSA supports the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that Treasury and the SSC need to provide greater support for training and qualifications for staff.<br /> <br /> “The report also notes the huge impact that constant restructuring has had on the smooth operation of regulatory functions.<br /> <br /> “Areas including employment, and health and safety, are reliant on effective regulation to ensure New Zealanders are able to participate in the workforce without fear.<br /> <br /> “Repeated restructuring and an overly politicised regulatory regime are making it harder for public servants to do their jobs.<br /> <br /> “This report is a welcome contribution, and we look forward to working with Government to act on its findings,” said Richard Wagstaff. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFORMATION</strong><br /> <br /> Productivity Commission report on regulatory institutions and practices<br /> <a href="http://www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/1788?stage=4">http://www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/1788?stage=4</a>&nbsp;</p> http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-07-16/Report_shows_public_sector_skills_must_be_valued_more.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-07-16/Report_shows_public_sector_skills_must_be_valued_more.aspx d5ff6683-9b9b-4955-827c-deb1952d5098 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:53:57 GMT Public service glad to help revitalise Christchurch CBD The Public Service Association (PSA) is welcoming the announcement that public sector workers will be returning to the Christchurch CBD and helping to provide a much-needed customer base to help kick-start central city business.<br /> <br /> Glenn Barclay, PSA Acting National Secretary, said “Central Christchurch needs people to return so it can thrive, and public servants are glad to help revitalise the city they love,”<br /> <br /> “Some of our members will be looking forward to the move, having been working from unsuitable locations since the earthquakes.<br /> <br /> “The benefits of moving must be clear so that other public servants, who have already settled into post-quake accommodation, understand why they are expected to move again.<br /> <br /> “It is important that new buildings are fit-for-purpose, and can serve as an exemplar of good office design practice.<br /> <br /> “New buildings, if designed well, can support PSA members to deliver the vital public services that Christchurch residents need.<br /> <br /> “We look forward to working alongside the Government to ensure appropriate decisions around issues such as parking, ensuring enough room, security and more.<br /> <br /> “Public servants have played a key role in supporting their fellow Cantabrians during the post-quake period, and this is a logical next step in the evolution of the new Christchurch,” said Glenn Barclay.<br /> http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-07-07/Public_service_glad_to_help_revitalise_Christchurch_CBD.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-07-07/Public_service_glad_to_help_revitalise_Christchurch_CBD.aspx 5ca03338-0fd6-4db1-b39b-7cd89542b386 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:49:28 GMT Prime Minister is breaking the rules over MFAT incident The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Prime Minister is at odds with both the Cabinet manual and the State Sector Act in suggesting that an MFAT official lose their job over the Malaysian diplomat incident.<br /> <br /> Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “The Prime Minister must not prejudice the result of the inquiry,”<br /> <br /> “This is an operational issue and the responsibility of MFAT Chief Executive John Allen, not of the Prime Minister.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “The MFAT official in question deserves a fair investigation, rather than simply being told by the PM that she should go before the inquiry has even started.<br /> <br /> “Ministers clearly haven’t learned the lesson after Minister McCully appointed Shane Jones without a proper process.<br /> <br /> “John Allen needs to step up and make clear that Ministers should keep their noses out of operational matters.<br /> <br /> “Natural justice should not be compromised for the sake of political expediency,” said Richard Wagstaff. http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-07-04/Prime_Minister_is_breaking_the_rules_over_MFAT_incident.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-07-04/Prime_Minister_is_breaking_the_rules_over_MFAT_incident.aspx 03b86f3a-ad00-46db-a457-5cc699884f48 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:29:14 GMT Public Service Association urges State Services Commission to take action on report findings <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi (PSA) is urging the State Services Commission (SSC) to take action on a Human Rights Commission (HRC) report that identifies barriers to Equal Employment opportunities (EEO) across the public sector.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">What’s working? Improving equal employment opportunities in the public service,</span></em><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"> from the HRC’s EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue, identifies EEO barriers and good practice across four target groups: women, Māori, Pacific peoples and people with disabilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Five government departments were identified as leading practice in one or more the groups.&nbsp; Findings showed that these departments were very focused on their community, ensured that staff represented their community, and aimed to deliver better public services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">“This report shows that genuine commitment to EEO principles brings in diversity across the organisations and leads to better outcomes for public service users,” says Richard Wagstaff, PSA national secretary.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">"It’s great to see the Department of Corrections, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education, Te Pūni Kokiri, and the Education Review Office leading the way.&nbsp; However, it’s frustrating to see the rest of the public sector lagging behind,” says Richard Wagstaff.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">The report is critical of the role of the SSC.&nbsp; Public sector agencies should have and report on EEO programmes as part of the good employer obligations in the State Sector Act but the report says that this is not often the case. The Government Service Equal Pay Act has been in place for over 50 years but the gender pay gap is higher than in the private sector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">“The PSA supports the report’s recommendation for the SSC and public service CEs to be made accountable for the achievement of EEO outcomes, and it should be extended to organisations providing services paid for with public funding.&nbsp; We think this should go further, with the SSC setting a target for CEs to eliminate pay gaps on the basis of personal characteristics in their agencies by 2020,” says Richard Wagstaff.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"></span></p> <p><span 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http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-25/Public_Service_Association_urges_State_Services_Commission_to_take_action_on_report_findings.aspx _matthewodriscoll http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-25/Public_Service_Association_urges_State_Services_Commission_to_take_action_on_report_findings.aspx 6bdffb97-5d56-420a-a5ec-7c0a1333b167 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:40:37 GMT Public and community services union leader marks the end of an era Public Service Association national secretary Brenda Pilott ends 10 years at the helm this Friday. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> Having worked on innumerable causes and campaigns with the PSA, Brenda has been in the position of national secretary longer than any other in her working life. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> Brenda was appointed to the role of national secretary 10 years ago, following a high profile career in the public service, working mainly in social policy, including five years as general manager of policy at the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services and as the Women’s Refuge national coordinator for four years. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> Unions were in a bad shape 10 years ago, still recovering from the decimation of the 1990s, but alongside her fellow national secretary Richard Wagstaff, Brenda was able to help build the union’s membership, along with its credibility and reputation, something that PSA president Mike Tana is quick to point out. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> “Over the past decade, Brenda’s leadership has been steady, strong and fearless.&nbsp; She has helped guide the PSA to grow in size, influence and effectiveness. She has served PSA members with a strong sense of loyalty and will have the satisfaction of knowing that she is leaving the organisation in good shape and with sound delegate structures to take us forward,” says Mike Tana, PSA president. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> “It has been a real honour working with Brenda in my time as PSA president. She has been a strong advocate for public services and the public servants that deliver them. I have personally appreciated her expertise, guidance and friendship,” says Mike Tana. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> In the last months of her tenure, Brenda focussed on two big areas of work: closing the gender pay gap for women and state sector reform.&nbsp; Her endeavours mean that she leaves the PSA with well-established programmes in place to tackle these issues. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> “I’m sure our 58,000 members would like to join with me in registering our appreciation of Brenda’s tireless and exemplary leadership in defence of their rights. She has been a wonderful advocate and leader of our union and our people,” says Mike Tana. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> Richard Wagstaff continues in his role as joint national secretary of the PSA.&nbsp; The PSA will be advertising for a replacement for Brenda Pilott in the coming weeks.<br /> Ends<br /> <br /> http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-24/Public_and_community_services_union_leader_marks_the_end_of_an_era.aspx _matthewodriscoll http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-24/Public_and_community_services_union_leader_marks_the_end_of_an_era.aspx 14dbdcc1-829e-451e-90c2-223cc7165371 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:21:32 GMT Blame for Southern DHB financial crisis lies with underfunding - PSA media release <br /> The Public Service Association (PSA) says the increased deficit at Southern DHB is due to underfunding of the health sector.<br /> <br /> Southern DHB has told staff, including more than 950 PSA members, that it is facing a larger than expected deficit and will need to focus on cost control and cost reduction.<br /> <br /> Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “Underfunding of the health sector is an ongoing problem that impacts on services, patients and staff,”<br /> <br /> “Southern DHB is now joining the list of DHBs forced to make cuts thanks to this Government’s obsession with getting a budget surplus at all costs.<br /> <br /> “We expect Southern DHB will engage with the PSA and other unions before making cuts that risk unfairly impacting on patients and staff.<br /> <br /> “Adding to the harmful 5 year old cap on administrative staffing numbers, Southern DHB is now planning a three month freeze on recruiting non-clinical staff, which will only make matters worse.<br /> <br /> “New Zealanders are rightly proud of our public health system, but budget shortfalls are putting it at risk,” said Richard Wagstaff. http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-20/Blame_for_Southern_DHB_financial_crisis_lies_with_underfunding_-_PSA_media_release.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-20/Blame_for_Southern_DHB_financial_crisis_lies_with_underfunding_-_PSA_media_release.aspx f83dcda7-cbb3-4af2-a978-82137db288f7 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:10:41 GMT WikiLeaks reveals secret plan to damage New Zealand’s public services The Public Service Association (PSA) says today’s release by WikiLeaks of the draft text for the secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex has shone much needed light on a plan which would have significant impacts on New Zealand’s public services.<br /> <br /> Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “This massive trade deal will put public health care, child care, postal, broadcasting, water, and other services at risk,”<br /> <br /> “TISA will lock in the privatisation of services so future governments cannot return water, energy, health, education or other services to public hands.<br /> <br /> “The Minister of Trade Tim Groser must explain why he is so keen to abandon local control of the public services New Zealanders use and trust.<br /> <br /> “If the Government thinks this is a good idea, they should be up front rather than hide behind secretive international talks.<br /> <br /> “Public services exist for the good of all New Zealanders, not for the profit of multinational corporations,” said Richard Wagstaff. <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFORMATION</strong></p> <br /> The leaked text, and analysis by Professor Jane Kelsey of the University of Auckland<br /> <a href="http://wikileaks.org/tisa-financial/">http://wikileaks.org/tisa-financial/</a> <br /> http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-20/WikiLeaks_reveals_secret_plan_to_damage_New_Zealand’s_public_services.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-20/WikiLeaks_reveals_secret_plan_to_damage_New_Zealand%e2%80%99s_public_services.aspx cf753382-87ae-4e2d-b739-7aa39618bf00 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:14:07 GMT Ombudsman investigation into SSC and Rebstock a welcome development The Public Service Association (PSA) is welcoming the announcement that Ombudsman Professor Ron Paterson will investigate a complaint against Paula Rebstock and State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie by former diplomat Derek Leask.<br /> <br /> Mr Leask complained after the release of a report written by Rebstock, as part of her inquiry into leaks during the restructuring at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).<br /> <br /> Brenda Pilott, PSA National Secretary, said “The PSA looks forward to contributing our views into this Ombudsman’s investigation.”<br /> <br /> “The leak followed a flawed consultation process that left many staff feeling unable to express their views or offer their expert opinions based on decades of public service.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “It is critical that public servants are able to discuss proposals for restructuring by their employer freely between themselves, in their union and with their employer.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “Paula Rebstock’s investigation for the SSC was an unnecessary waste of public money and achieved nothing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “Rebstock’s investigation had an inappropriately broad focus on staff conduct during a change management process. Serious accusations were made against senior public servants in the report published by the SSC, with no factual findings to support them.<br /> <br /> “The PSA’s biggest concern is the message that the Rebstock report sends to public servants about their rights to have a say on their work environment,” said Brenda Pilott.<br /> http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-17/Ombudsman_investigation_into_SSC_and_Rebstock_a_welcome_development.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-17/Ombudsman_investigation_into_SSC_and_Rebstock_a_welcome_development.aspx 71037893-ebfe-4f3f-a2af-f61b3e3bed05 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:09:11 GMT ‘Super Ministry’ workers to strike Friday in Wellington & Auckland <strong>What:</strong> Strike action by Ministry of Business, Innovation &amp; Employment workers<br /> <strong>Where: Auckland – </strong>280 Queen St, then marching to Queen Elizabeth Square<br /> <strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wellington <strong>–</strong></strong> Unisys House, 56 The Terrace, Wellington CBD<br /> <strong>When:</strong> 10.30am – 12noon, Friday 13 June<br /> <br /> Immigration officers, mediators and others working for the so-called ‘super ministry’ will take strike action on Friday, after over a year spent trying to get a fair deal from the Ministry of Business, Innovation &amp; Employment (MBIE).<br /> <br /> The 1150 workers are members of the Public Service Assocation (PSA), and work all across New Zealand in roles that help keep our borders safe, grow our economy and promote science and innovation.<br /> <br /> Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “MBIE workers are key to the Government’s plans for New Zealanders wages to rise, but they find themselves stuck in the mud,”<br /> <br /> “MBIE staff protect our borders, promote innovation and help to grow the New Zealand economy – they deserve their fair share.<br /> <br /> “This strike action is the result of ministry staff becoming increasingly frustrated with their employer’s refusal to offer decent wage movement.<br /> <br /> “After a year, the best pay offer is nothing for those who are entitled to progression through their salary scale and 1% for everyone else.<br /> <br /> “We hope that MBIE will come back to the bargaining table with an offer that better reflects the value their staff add to our public service,” said Richard Wagstaff.<br /> http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-12/‘Super_Ministry’_workers_to_strike_Friday_in_Wellington_Auckland.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-12/%e2%80%98Super_Ministry%e2%80%99_workers_to_strike_Friday_in_Wellington_Auckland.aspx f6f66672-236e-4021-9350-9258de7a8777 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:36:49 GMT PSA says Te Roopu Taurima Chief Executive must go The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Chief Executive of Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau Trust must go, after the resignation of the chair of the Board earlier this week following allegations of financial mismanagement.<br /> <br /> The PSA represents over 460 staff working at the Trust.<br /> <br /> Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau Trust has been brought into disrepute by the actions of those at the top,”<br /> <br /> “Trust staff no longer have faith in the ability of the current leadership to fulfil the founding principles of the Trust.<br /> <br /> “The PSA supported the establishment of Te Roopu Taurima, and we continue to believe in its kaupapa.<br /> <br /> “Requests by the PSA to meet with the Chief Executive on behalf of staff are being ignored, and staff are feeling left in the dark.<br /> <br /> “The PSA is aware that whanau of clients asking questions are being directed to a media relations consultant, rather than having their questions answered by Trust management.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “PSA members have worked hard to support vulnerable clients, and want the trust to be successful.<br /> <br /> “The Ministry of Health’s appointment of David Russell and other advisors is welcome, but it does not go far enough to ensure proper management, nor to regain lost trust,” said Richard Wagstaff. http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-06/PSA_says_Te_Roopu_Taurima_Chief_Executive_must_go.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-06/PSA_says_Te_Roopu_Taurima_Chief_Executive_must_go.aspx 0ced964e-33a3-47f5-97b6-1148b0335479 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:05:37 GMT Rotorua District Council workers want jobs, not sympathy The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 66 Rotorua District Council staff set to lose their jobs want to keep working for the good of their community, and sympathy from Councillors won’t pay their rent or feed their families.<br /> <br /> The PSA represents about 100 members working at the Council.<br /> <br /> Glenn Barclay, PSA Acting National Secretary, said “Our members have been given inadequate information throughout this process, and they are upset at how they have been treated,”<br /> <br /> “Councillors Searancke, Maxwell and Sturt told media they felt sympathy for the staff, but they sit on a Council responsible for this decision.<br /> <br /> “Geoff Williams, Chief Executive of the Council has offered to meet with the PSA and we are looking forward to this meeting.<br /> <br /> “We hope that Mr Williams will take immediate action to initiate genuine consultation with the PSA, our members, and the wider Rotorua community.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> “It is clear that cost-cutting has been valued more than the important services provided to the community by the more than 10% of Council staff whose jobs are set to go,” said Glenn Barclay. http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-03/Rotorua_District_Council_workers_want_jobs_not_sympathy.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-06-03/Rotorua_District_Council_workers_want_jobs_not_sympathy.aspx b4416cc9-30ec-4f3c-83a0-1e85f5d7b761 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:39:45 GMT Comprehensive review shows way forward for Child, Youth and Family The Public Service Association (PSA) is pleased to have worked with Child, Youth and Family (CYF) to develop a comprehensive report into workload and work management issues faced by staff at the Government agency.<br /> <br /> The PSA represents over 2300 staff working at CYF offices across New Zealand.<br /> <br /> Brenda Pilott, PSA National Secretary, said “The PSA endorses this report and its findings, and looks forward to working alongside CYF to implement the recommendations.”<br /> <br /> “The PSA is pleased that unrealistic caseloads that significant numbers of CYF social workers face are recognised, and that the report proposes an early start in addressing the heaviest workloads.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “Political parties must prioritise extra funding in next year’s Budget for CYF to hire much needed social workers, and for other agencies who will pick up some of this work.<br /> <br /> “The additional demand for social workers will require workforce planning, as not enough are currently being trained.<br /> <br /> “PSA members at CYF work hard every day to ensure the safety of some of our most vulnerable children.<br /> <br /> “This report follows two years of constructive engagement between the PSA and CYF, and shines as an example for the rest of the public sector,” said Brenda Pilott. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>FOR MORE INFORMATION</strong><br /> <br /> <em>Workload and Casework review</em><br /> <a href="http://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/media-releases/2014/workload-and-casework-review.pdf">http://www.msd.govt.nz/documents/about-msd-and-our-work/newsroom/media-releases/2014/workload-and-casework-review.pdf</a></p> <br /> http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-05-27/Comprehensive_review_shows_way_forward_for_Child_Youth_and_Family.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-05-27/Comprehensive_review_shows_way_forward_for_Child_Youth_and_Family.aspx b7eaf135-5cc6-48a2-960d-5c6e51b5221c Tue, 27 May 2014 12:04:23 GMT Pink shirt day an opportunity for workers to assess bullying prevention The Public Service Association (PSA) says Pink Shirt Day, a national day against bullying, is a great opportunity for workers to assess how effective their workplace is at preventing bullying.<br /> <br /> Glenn Barclay, PSA Acting National Secretary, said “The PSA was pleased to contribute to WorkSafe New Zealand’s guidelines to prevent and respond to workplace bullying.”<br /> <br /> “The PSA is encouraging our health and safety delegates in worksites across New Zealand to use WorkSafe’s <em>Workplace Assessment Tool</em>.<br /> <br /> “Using the <em>Workplace Assessment Tool</em>, workers can get a quick overview of how their workplaces can better support and engage all staff.<br /> <br /> “Workplace bullying is a serious issue that impacts on far too many New Zealanders.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> “We all deserve the opportunity to thrive at work, but bullying prevents that from happening,” said Glenn Barclay.<br /> <br /> <strong>FOR MORE INFORMATION</strong><br /> <br /> WorkSafe New Zealand <em>Workplace Assessment Tool</em><br /> <a href="http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/tools-resources/bullying-prevention-tools/assessment">http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/tools-resources/bullying-prevention-tools/assessment </a> http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-05-23/Pink_shirt_day_an_opportunity_for_workers_to_assess_bullying_prevention.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-05-23/Pink_shirt_day_an_opportunity_for_workers_to_assess_bullying_prevention.aspx 49252672-90b4-41e1-9a8f-d86ab32a4e9a Fri, 23 May 2014 09:18:00 GMT Welcome reprieve for world-leading Problem Gambling Foundation The Public Service Association (PSA) welcomes the announcement that funding for the Problem Gambling Foundation has been extended until February 2015.<br /> <br /> The PSA represents staff working at the Problem Gambling Foundation across New Zealand.<br /> <br /> Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “This funding extension means the Judicial Review into the proposed cut can take place before it is too late.”<br /> <br /> “Problem Gambling Foundation staff do world-leading work, and it would be a devastating blow if they lost their jobs due to a funding process that appears flawed at best.<br /> <br /> “While treatment is crucial, only prevention and education will see a long term fall in the need for problem gambling services.<br /> <br /> “It is a concern that considerable professional experience and knowledge may be lost if former PGF staff are not able to continue working in this area.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> “We hope the Ministry of Health takes advantage of this extra time to ensure this crucial voice for problem gamblers is not lost,” said Richard Wagstaff. http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-05-22/Welcome_reprieve_for_world-leading_Problem_Gambling_Foundation.aspx _ashergoldman http://psa.org.nz/Home/NewsFeed/14-05-22/Welcome_reprieve_for_world-leading_Problem_Gambling_Foundation.aspx 9e0ef3c6-c8d3-4676-afed-1a500faed72e Thu, 22 May 2014 12:33:40 GMT