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State service needs development goals to be met

PSA Media Release

Modern state service needs development goals to be met

The union representing over 54,000 public service workers, the Public Service Association, is welcoming the government report released today on progress towards achieving the development goals for state services.

"To create a modern state service, it is important to consider how well it is delivering on important goals like the aim to be the employer of choice and the ability to provide accessible state services which the public trust," said Brenda Pilott, National Secretary of the PSA.

"There is however, more work to be done by state services if they are to meet these development goals," said Brenda Pilott. "Employees in state services must get better pay and have more say in the way their work is done if the state service is to realise its aim to become the employer of choice."

The report notes research which shows that perceptions of low salaries and long hours are putting people off working in public services.

"The state service needs to value the work/life balance of employees and ensure that men and women are paid equally for work of the same value before it can become an employer of choice."

"Employers in the public service need to develop a culture which supports and develops employees while maintaining public trust, as opposed to the blame culture that is too evident in some state services."

"To be an employer of choice, fair pay systems in the state service which value the skills and experience of employees are required instead of unfair performance pay systems which de-motivate staff."

"If the government really wants a high wage, high value, high productivity economy, it should start by ensuring that employers in the state service commit to these aims."

"We look forward to employers in the state service working with the PSA to ensure that our state services can meet the development goals and deliver quality public services," said Brenda Pilott.

The PSA is currently undergoing consultation with members and working with UK-based group Demos to consider how the public service needs to adapt to meet the changing needs of our society.


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