Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

National’s facts inaccurate again

16 June 2005

National’s facts inaccurate again

PSA is not offering one-off payments to public servants to join the union as alleged by National MPs Tony Ryall and Wayne Mapp yesterday.

PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott said this is the second time this week that National MPs have issued incorrect and misleading statements about the union.

“Earlier this week, Gerry Brownlee accused us of paying for advertising in the Dominion Post which was untrue. Now we are accused of offering “bribes” to staff at the Department of Work and Income and the Ministry of Justice.”

Brenda Pilott said the MPs were referring to payments negotiated by the union for its members working in those organisations for two different reasons.

“In the case of the Ministry of Justice, one-off payments were negotiated for members to acknowledge an extension to the term of the collective agreements of two occupational groups within the Ministry.

“In the case of Work and Income, the payments were no different to many other partnership payments the union has negotiated for our members in recognition of the positive contribution they make in the workplace.”

Brenda Pilott also said the payments had nothing to do with the Labour Government.

“The terms and conditions of employment for our members are negotiated with individual government departments. PSA is not now, and never has been, part of the Labour Party.

“As a union, we have a responsibility to speak out on behalf of our members on issues affecting them, no matter who is in government. The outbursts this week by the National Party were the result of our opposition to their stated intention to cut public services to fund tax cuts. It would be negligent of us not to take a public stance on that.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election