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Union calls for govt supervision of job changes

24 February 2006

Union calls for government supervision of job changes in the public service

The Public Service Association has today written to Associate Minister of Finance, Trevor Mallard to seek government over-sight about how public service employers manage changes in public service jobs arising out of the review of government expenditure announced yesterday.

This comes after comments by Trevor Mallard on Radio New Zealand’s, Morning Report this morning that there could be job losses in the public service.

“We are expecting employers in the public service to involve us fully in change management processes to ensure that up-skilling workers and re-assignment to new jobs is a top priority,” said Brenda Pilott, National Secretary of the PSA. “The union will be providing full support to members affected by change management processes.”

“We have asked the Minister to ensure departmental Chief Executives work constructively with the PSA throughout the process to minimise the impact of any job losses.”

The PSA represents over 52,000 public service workers in central and local government, the health sector and in community services.

“The PSA was briefed about this review of expenditure and has welcomed the commitment by government to involve the union throughout the review process,” said Brenda Pilott. “We have today asked the Minister for detailed information about the processes available to us to be involved in the reviews.”

Trevor Mallard confirmed this morning that the government expects the public service to grow as a result of this review.

“We are pleased that the size of the public service will increase under this government as we have been advocating for continued re-investment in quality public services.”

A broad-based review of Child, Youth and Family is part of the governments review of department performance and the letter from the PSA notes concern about the impact on the staff and the department of another review.

“Given the recent departure of the Child, Youth and Family Chief Executive, this review has the potential to create further instability and loss of morale among staff risking attention being diverted from its core business,” said Brenda Pilott.


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