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Provisions To Be Provided For Core Public Service

PSA MEDIA RELEASE May 29, 2008

Common Employment Provisions To Be Provided For Core Public Service

The PSA, Government and State Services Commission have developed a package of leave provisions for staff in the core public service that are part of a programme to retain and recruit skilled staff and improve the public's access to public services.

The leave provisions cover: long service leave; leave to cover sickness and caring for dependents; bereavement and tangihanga leave; parental leave; study leave; employment relations leave; volunteer service leave; and unpaid discretionary leave.

This package of leave provisions is the first set of common employment provisions for staff throughout the core public service. They are to be included in their collective employment agreements between now and July 1 next year (2009).

"These provisions provide a new standard for leave for staff in the core public service," says PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff. "Introducing them will mean improvements in leave provisions for many public service staff."

Public service staff whose leave provisions are the same or better than the common employment provisions will retain their current leave entitlements.

"No public service staff will be worse off and many will be better off through the introduction of these common employment provisions," says Richard Wagstaff. "They're designed to provide fair and consistent leave provisions across the core public service."

This set of common employment provisions, covering leave, have been developed as part of the third Partnership for Quality Agreement that was signed by the PSA, the Government and the State Services Commission in May last year.

"We need to retain and recruit skilled staff if we're to continue improving our public services and ensure we're keeping pace with the changing needs of the public," says Brenda Pilott.

Having fair, consistent and attractive common employment provisions will encourage experienced and skilled staff to stay in the public service and help attract new people with the knowledge and skills the public service needs.

"It will help people build a career in the public service by making it easier to move from one government department to another," says Richard Wagstaff. "This means the public retains the benefit of the skills and experience they acquire over the years."

"The country relies on our public services so we need to ensure that they have the skilled staff required to meet the public's needs," says Richard Wagstaff.

The PSA will continue to work with the Government and the State Services Commission to develop further common employment provisions as part of the programme of initiatives set out in the third Partnership for Quality Agreement.

"This is part of the on-going work that the PSA, Government and the commission are involved in to keep on improving our world class public services," says Richard Wagstaff.

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