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

 


Commission calls for EEO targets for the Public Service

Human Rights Commission calls for EEO targets for the Public Service

Government chief executives need to institute EEO targets says EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue.

Her comments follow the release of the Human Rights Commission publication “What’s working? Improving Equal Employment Opportunities in the public service”, Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO).

“EEO targets need to be the way forward for New Zealand. Unfortunately we’ve not seen huge progress in the advancement of women, Maori, ethnic minority and disabled workers as mandated in the 1988 State Sector Act,” said Dr Blue.

“This is in spite of good efforts by the State Services Commission whose staff have been monitoring EEO compliance through its annual Human Resource Survey. Government chief executives need to institute EEO targets for their ministries.”

Dr Blue is concerned there is no critical analysis of survey results or even vaguely inspirational statements. She believes that just as targets worked for the DHBs, they can work for the public service.

“Targets focus the mind and mean that conversations happen, often for the very first time with key stakeholders charged with achieving the targets,” said Dr Blue.

“It won’t happen overnight and a memo to the HR department to improve EEO won’t cut it either. There needs to be clear leadership from the top, staff buy in and wider issues tackled such as recruitment and promotion pathways”.

Dr Blue said EEO practices as set out in the 1988 Act are even more relevant today.

“For organisations to provide better public services in a fiscally tight environment there is indisputable proof that providing EEO makes for happier employees, more satisfied consumers while boosting productivity and innovation,” she said.

“I am aware of some departments, such as the Ministry of Defence and Treasury who are making great in roads and I am confident that over time their stats will improve.”

“To ensure progress across the entire public service, I am looking forward to working with the States Services Commission: we simply can’t afford to wait another 25-years.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections to run the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. More>>

National Party Conference: Plans To Nudge Immigrants Towards Regions

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news