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


PSA mental health workers march against violence

PSA mental health workers march against violence in the workplace

PSA members working in mental health units across the Auckland region are staging a protest in support of workers at the Auckland District Health Board's, Te Whetu Tawera Mental Health facility who are facing unacceptable levels of violence in their workplace.

Over the last 12 months some 213 assaults occurred at the mental health facility which is based on the grounds of Auckland City Hospital.

"This number of assaults is unacceptable. Our members should not have to put up this level of violence on a daily basis," says PSA organiser Brendon Lane. The assaults include being punched, choked and hit with objects as well as being kicked, grabbed and spat at.

"Our members should not be going to work fearing for their own safety," says Mr Lane.

"Te Whetu Tawera has said that any incident of assault is one too many but such words are falling on the deaf ears of our members who work at the facility. "They want to see management take stronger action to prevent violent attacks in their workplace.

"The PSA is calling on the Auckland District Health Board to listen to our members and work with the union to put in place health and safety measures that protect staff and reduce the level of assaults occurring at Te Whetu Tawera.

"Our members believe management needs to review staffing levels and the use of seclusion as well as improve its rostering system. We need to get back to basics to solve this problem," says Brendon Lane.

Information for media:

PSA delegates will gather at 1.20pm at the main gates of Auckland City Hospital, Park Road. They will then march to Te Whetu Tawera mental health facility where they will present management with a vote of no confidence in their ability to deal with the issue of violence in the workplace.

About thirty delegates are expected to attend this march. PSA organiser and spokesperson Brendon Lane will be present at the event.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Environment Aotearoa 2019: Report Warns Environment In Serious Trouble

The report is jointly produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, and is a follow on from the last report in 2015.

The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>


Welfare: Access To Hardship Grants Hits Record High

Figures from the Ministry of Social Development for the March 2019 Quarter showed that hardship assistance grants increased by $48 million in the past year... They also showed the emergency housing grants went from $6.6m to $23m, and there were 70,000 extra requests for assistance for food. More>>


City Rail Link: Billion Dollar Cost Rise (And Preferred Bidder)

The revised cost envelope for completing the entire Auckland City Rail Link project now totals $4.419 billion. The revised cost has yet to be endorsed by the project’s sponsors (the Crown and Auckland Council). More>>


Meth Scare: Debt Write-Off For HNZ Meth Testing Evictions

People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off. More>>


RNZ Report: Fears Grow For NZ Nurse Kidnapped In Syria

A New Zealand nurse working for the Red Cross was captured by Islamic State (IS) in Syria more than five years ago, and there are now public pleas for any information that could help bring her home. More>>


Streets Blocked In London: Climate 'Extinction Rebellion' Reaches Aotearoa

Across the world, thousands of people are taking part in a rebellion to avert climate, ecological and human catastrophe. This begins in Aotearoa New Zealand today. More>>





InfoPages News Channels