The PSA is about to grill the Minister of Finance on changes in the PSA workforce and government workers environment at a conference on Tuesday. A clear message to the Minister will be given.
Back up the bus here…..government workers are exactly that – they deliver the services of the government of the day – The Owl accepts fair pay, good employer relationships and that delivery of core services is important. Public Service people do a good job and we need public servants.
Here is the rub.
This union is funded by the tax payer via deductions from their state derived pay – their 2011 Balance Sheet shows $25M worth of net assets and $5M worth of holiday homes.
Their wage bill is $9.997M and super contribution of nearly $600k. They spent $2.2M on meetings and travel.
And what does the PSA stand for – (direct from their website)
The PSA – New Zealand’s public sector union
The PSA – the Public Service Association/Te Pukenga Here Tikanga Mahi –is New Zealand’s largest union, representing 58,000 workers in central government, state-owned enterprises, local councils, health boards and community groups. Arguing for policies that improve public services and the working conditions of those who deliver them, we are a powerful public voice and a key player in New Zealand politics.
The PSA’s objective is to build a union organisation able to influence the political, economic, industrial and social environments in the interests of the membership of the PSA.
The Owl is pretty gutted about Solid Energy – I think there is a solution to finding the $30M needed to save the coal industry. As their website says “state owned enterprise” which means there are members who are policy advisors about State Owned Enterprises.
So if we add the assets of the PSA and the EMPU – that totals $35M – job done
Why is the Public Service Union goal to be a key player in NZ politics?
Shouldn’t the EPMU being talking to the PSA about their policy advice to State Owned Enterprises?
Does the Owl just keep missing the point and retire?