The PSA isn’t happy with Jonesy

I’m pleased to see the PSA has come out against Shane Jones’ little plan to bring in a US-style public sector appointments process.

Stuff reports:

New Zealand’s public sector union is concerned about Shane Jones’ call for politicians to have more influence over  the bureaucracy. 

Jones hit out against the “treacle-riddled” public sector earlier this week, saying he wanted ministers to be able to bring in “their s…-kickers to get things done.”

The Regional Economic Development minister said he would fight an election on this policy, which he knew was not Government policy or consistent with the State Services Act.

Public servants in New Zealand are required to act in a politically neutral way, and chief executives of public bodies are appointed by the State Services Commissioner instead of ministers.

Public Services Association heads Erin Polaczuk and Glenn Barclay said Jones’ view on the public service was “outdated, out of touch and – frankly – out of order.

“The measures he suggests would undermine public servants’ constitutional role. They need to be free, frank and fearless – not controlled, cowed and cronyistic.

“Our members do their jobs with commitment and integrity – despite increasing workloads, unending restructuring and a meaningless staffing cap.”

The union bosses said the best way to get things moving faster for Jones’ projects would be to lift a cap on the core government service introduced by the National-led government.

That cap was set at 36,475 fulltime workers in June of 2011. As of June 2017 the numbers were just below that cap at 36,378.

“If Mr Jones is concerned about delays, then he needs to direct his considerable energies towards influencing the government to lift the cap on public service staffing.” End quote.

I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. I am surprised how strong their statement was.

I don’t think anyone seriously wants to go down this path.


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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.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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