Stand Together Road Show 2016

Stand Together Road Show
Wellington

Last year our national secretaries have been scouting our membership for local heroes.

Erin Polaczuk visited PSA members at the booking Centre at Wellington Hospital. These fabulous women work hard to make sure people in our community get the health services they need. They are local heroes!

Glenn Barclay visited yesterday morning with members at the District Court in Porirua. Our frontline staff at Courts and elsewhere in Porirua work hard to deliver the public and community services that we all need.

Stand Together Road show
Whangaui and Palmerston North

The Road show continued in Whanganui on June 17th. The National Secretaries visited the Maori Land Court, where they met members who serve their communities every day. Together they hold many decades of experience and knowledge between them. We canvassed everything from Te Ture Whenua Maori Land Bill through to wider issues around the ongoing demands on staff to more for less. Ka rae to mahi. 

The Road show continued in Whanganui on June 17th. The National Secretaries visited the Maori Land Court, where they met members who serve their communities every day. Together they hold many decades of experience and knowledge between them. We canvassed everything from Te Ture Whenua Maori Land Bill through to wider issues around the ongoing demands on staff to more for less. Ka rae to mahi!

Stop two of the Whanganui/Palmerston North Road show was at the Whangaui District Council. There the National Secretaries discussed with our members the issues of concern to them and the wider public of Whanganui. Chief among the issues is the need to progress the construction of the local water treatment plant

 

1st July Stand Together
Road Show Christchurch

As part of this Campaign we want to highlight the amazing work that all of our members do. But the Campaign is also about addressing the issues that can no longer be ignored. Yesterday as part of the Stand Together Christchurch visit, Glen and Conor met with social workers and mental health providers.

Below are the comments collated during their visits

“20-25% of the role is above and beyond what is required of you, in years gone by this was never an issue but now the generosity is gone”

“The resentment is growing, and the little things are building up”

“The staff are disposable in management’s eyes” Budgets are being cut and the basics are being lost as a result”

“Bullying is rife and because staff are so stretched it’s no longer bullying from management but bullying from staff to staff”

“We can’t get the resources where they need to be and suicides are occurring as a result”

“We’re been told, if you don’t like it, find another job”

“Just enough has to do, but just enough is not enough”

These comments are from people who love their jobs, who care about the people they work with and support. These are the people who cannot continue to work under these circumstances.

Christchurch is still so broken everywhere we went members are facing cuts, and the expectation of doing more for less is just continuing to grow. These people continue to do there and for that we recognise them as local heroes.

Jem Yoshioka