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Paul Cochrane to leave PSA

22 February 2005

Paul Cochrane to leave PSA

Public Service Association National Secretary Paul Cochrane is to resign from his role in May, PSA President Keith Gutsell announced today.

Paul Cochrane has worked for the PSA in a variety of roles for twenty years and for the last five years he has been one of the three-person national secretariat team. In the late 1990s he was instrumental in developing the Partnership for Quality strategy which the PSA continues to use to rebuild the public service and improve the jobs of public servants.

Keith Gutsell thanked Paul Cochrane for his many years of service.

“Paul Cochrane is a visionary trade unionist who saw the need to transform the way the PSA works to deliver benefits to our 46,000 members and to increase our influence on the economic, social and political direction of New Zealand.

“We are very pleased that we will continue to have a close association with Paul and that he will keep working with us on several projects. We are fortunate that the PSA has a strong leadership team which enables us to hold off seeking a new appointee at this time while we reflect on our future needs,” Keith Gutsell said.

Paul Cochrane said he is proud of the solid achievements the PSA has clocked up for members and New Zealanders.

“The PSA has now signed two formal Partnership for Quality agreements with both Labour-led governments. Partnership for Quality is delivering significant benefits to members such as the reintroduction of a retirement savings scheme and, through our joint work with government to rebuild departments like Child, Youth and Family, all New Zealanders are seeing the benefits.”

PSA national secretaries Richard Wagstaff and Brenda Pilott said Paul Cochrane leaves the union well placed to achieve the vision of the public sector being an employer of choice, offering diverse and rewarding career pathways.

“With Paul’s considerable energy and enthusiasm, the PSA has pioneered a new and innovative approach to constructive workplace relations in New Zealand. We will miss Paul and we wish him all the best for the future,” Richard and Brenda concluded.

ENDS

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