Taking your agenda to the Government
With Government Ministers sworn in, the PSA is wasting no time advocating its members’ policy priorities. We are arranging meetings with new Ministers to ensure members' interests in workplace relations, health, housing and equal pay are front-of-mind in the formative months of this Government.
A number of Labour’s commitments for its first 100 days in Government are consistent with the PSA’s agenda for change. The strategy teams, in collaboration with assistant and national secretaries have mapped out these areas, and the work needed to meet our goals.
We will be encouraging Ministers in the new Government to draw on the PSA for specialist advice and support in developing legislative, policy and operational reform in our key areas of interest.
With urgency we will:
- Present detailed briefings to key Ministers and make these available to PSA members
- Actively engage and build support for our members' agenda with Ministers and key staff
- Ensure members have opportunities to campaign and engage over the summer months.
Our key recommendations for change include:
- Scrapping the Equal Pay Bill
- Investing in public services and public sector wages, including the living wage in the public service
- Restoring funding to DHBs
- Boosting public housing stock
- Extending the equal pay settlement to mental health workers
- Ensuring there is worker representation in development of Terms of Reference and on the Mental Health inquiry.
New ministers announced
Last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her Cabinet. Our work is now more important than ever as we support incoming Ministers to understand the complexity of our industries and progress our union’s agenda.
We’re looking for significant action from the new Government on issues including slow wage rises and underfunding in the public sector, housing shortages and affordability issues, growing unmet need in the health system, and equal pay for women and those working in historically female-dominated industries.
For PSA members, the key Ministers are:
- Minister for State Services , Chris Hipkins Chris held the portfolio as Opposition spokesperson and will be well-versed on the detail of the job.
- Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety , Iain Lees-Galloway. Iain is well-known to many of us, particularly to our members in Palmerston North!
- Minister of Health, Dr David Clark. Dr Clark, a noted high-performer will be supported by Associate Ministers of Health Jenny Salesa and Julie Anne Genter.
- Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter. Julie Anne will have responsibility for Equal Pay and was a supporter of our Yes, We Care coalition.
Of course there are a number of Ministers who will play a critical role in our work programme in the year ahead and in the working lives of our members.
Take a closer look at the full list of Ministerial portfolios and the allocation of other responsibilities here