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John Key has annoyed the PSA:

Prime Minister John Key has refused a request by the Public Service Association for an urgent meeting to discuss his plans for the state sector.

Earlier this month Mr Key signalled more mergers and job losses as the Government continues its goal of slashing $1billion from the public service.

The Government is looking at how technology such as smart phones can be used to replace over-the-counter contact and how savings can be made through further sharing of back-office functions such as human resources.

Mr Key plans to outline the Government’s proposals in a speech next month and has warned he will “make no apology” for trying to make the state sector more efficient.

The PSA sent Mr Key a letter last week asking to discuss urgently changes to the public service.

National secretary Brenda Pilott said the PSA had been told Mr Key could not meet the union due to time pressures and referred it to new State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman.

“We are disappointed he is not prepared to meet with us.

“This is a strategy the prime minister has fronted up on … but he is not able to make the time to brief one of the key stakeholders about it,” Ms Pilott said.

The PSA are the enemy. So pissing them off is a good move.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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