CYFS a disaster – public service union panics and says members can do better

With Anne Tolley’s announcement that CYFS is going to get a total rework, one that may include some private service providers as part of the mix, barely 2 days old, the PSA National Secretary took to A newspaper to try and get the first salvo in.

In short:  It may be a mess, but PSA members are clearly not at fault and do better.

Richard Wagstaff, PSA’s national secretary writes:

Lately we’ve heard a lot about the children we’ve failed as a country. Children in care are more likely to end up in jail than the rest of the population – effectively giving them a life sentence from childhood.

It’s easy to think these children are somebody else’s kids – kids that some other parent, family or community has failed. But these children are members of our community and we are responsible for their care.

The Government’s due to tell us what they’re going to do with CYF and what they plan for children in care. It seems like they’re going to continue to follow the path the UK has been on for the last decade – the State will hand over to private corporations like Serco the right to remove children from their families to make sure they’re loved and cared for. But is this a job that can be done by a corporation?

Perhaps there’s been enough political fallout from the mishandling of Mt Eden prison to prevent CYF contracts going to Serco. The idea of Serco being responsible for a pipeline guiding children through their lives from cradle to grave – from CYF to prison – sounds like something from a dystopian novel rather than preferred government policy.

And there you go.  Serco’s the reason why New Zealand kids will have to remain in the hands of public servants.  The same public servants that have failed these children.   Because of a remand prison being run by a private provider.      Read more »


Third termitis


Staff working in the Beehive have pocketed healthy pay increases since National took office, with more than a third now earning six figure salaries.

Official figures show that the average salary of Ministerial Services staff working in the offices of Ministers hit $93,298, an increase if more than 5 per cent over 2014.

Of the 155 officials, 53 earn in excess of $100,000 a year and 23 earn more than $130,000.

In and of itself it’s not a problem, but once you put it into context…   Read more »

You may not like people who work for the government, but they don’t like it either

In any business 30% staff turnover is immense, and it tells you as a business owner that something is wrong.

Just the cost of loss of institutional knowledge and training is going to be substantial.  I bet the employment agencies are considering filling these vacancies their cash cow.

Nearly a third of government staff leave their jobs within a year – compared to an international average of just eight percent.

The figures – showing that 30 percent of staff don’t last a year – have appear in the Treasury’s latest report on public-sector jobs.

The Public Service Association said the high staff turnover reflected an increasingly poor workplace culture.   Read more »

Corrections Union bovver boy Bevan Hanlon is having a blinder of a run

Beven Hanlon union thugAfter almost two weeks of nearly daily revelation, including parading family members in front of the media… one by one…, it seems old Bevvo has run out of ammo.

And what do unions do when they’re out of ammo?

A protest outside Mt Eden Corrections Facility will call for an end to the running of prisons by private companies.

Public Service Association national secretary Erin Polaczuk and union organisers Willie Cochrane and Nerinda Cropp will attend the protest. Read more »

Key announces MP pay cut – public sector unions pucker up

A move to rein in politicians’ pay doesn’t give moral authority to the Government in upcoming pay negotiations, public sector representatives say.

Prime Minister John Key will use urgent legislation to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act as a result of anger at the size of MPs’ pay increases.

MPs’ pay will now be pegged to the average public sector pay increase for the previous year.

That means the latest pay rise will now be between 1 and 2 per cent – with the Government taking more advice before revealing the exact amount.

Richard Wagstaff, the Public Service Association national secretary, said 40,000 members in bargaining this year earn a lot less than those in Parliament.

“I think it is a political distraction what the PM says … now they think they have the moral authority to tell everyone else, no matter how badly paid, they don’t deserve a pay rise.”

PPTA president Angela Roberts said teachers’ pay had not kept pace with inflation.

“[MPs] have basically kept up with inflation, and what they’re saying is they’d like to keep up. We have a hefty catch-up before we can go into the future with a keep-up [pay-rise].” Read more »


Random Impertinent Question of the Day

What major union wrote in their recently published annual report under the heading 2014 General Election?

“The union (name left out purposely) lent significant financial and in-kind support to the CTU” (Reference Page 9 of the report).

But the CTU does not get involved in campaigning right?

They do not support Labour right?

They do not support the Greens right?

The union in question does not tell its members how to vote right?   Read more »


Neutral public service? Not any more

This is an email being sent to PSA members this morning.

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Winston Peters, Maori TV and the stitch up, ctd


The other week I brought you a couple of posts about a little known Maori trust that has had a few problems with how it spends $30million in taxpayer money, thanks to a couple of so-called whistleblowers.

As a result, the Ministry of Health that funds the trust, along with PWC auditors and the SFO have been crawling over Te Roopy Taurima O Manukau Trust’s files with a fine tooth comb.

When you have so-called whistleblowers, one thing you can be sure of is that somewhere along the line it will all end up at the Employment Relations Authority, with one party wanting a pay-out, and the other party essentially having to pay them off.

And a Te Roopy Taurima O Manukau Trust is no exception to the rule. Read more »

Winston Peters, Maori TV and the stitch up, Ctd


Further to the post showing a stitch-up involving Winston Peters, Maori TV and Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust, it’s also worth looking at the role of Richard Wagstaff and the PSA, who has a right bee in his bonnet about the trust’s CEO Malcolm Robson and has been calling for his head.

Many would wonder what beef the PSA’s national secretary Richard Wagstaff could have with the trust, especially as most of the trust’s 500 staff are actually members of the PSA.

The stitch-up of the trust is more personal.

Information through to the tip-line is saying that Robson has pushed back hard on several wage demands from the PSA.  Read more »

Another David Cunliffe “on the hoof” policy revealed


MBIE staff are part of the PSA strike action today. They have concerns about their pay, and find the 2.1% offer insufficient. David Cunliffe tells them not only that their salaries should be linked to GDP, he’s also suggesting it is paid in advance on forecast GDP growth.

Is this just plain economic illiteracy?

Does he still just think he can say things and it won’t be analysed, pulled to bits and exposed for all to mull over?

Like a Capital Gains Tax, I am a firm believer that if you tax or reward on gains/increases then like night follows day, pay and taxes should decrease on falls or losses.

Will Cunliffe commit to pay cuts for civil servants if there are forecast contractions in GDP?

There are so many things wrong with this – not least the rule that politicians don’t involve themselves in pay rounds!