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

 

Funding and reform needed to make a kinder workplace

Funding and reform needed to make Parliament a kinder workplace

The PSA is saddened but not surprised by the Francis Review’s findings of ‘systemic’ bullying and harassment in the Parliamentary workplace.

We support the review’s recommendations for the reform of the employment relationships that exist there, and better resourcing to help change the culture that contributes to bullying.

"All of the agencies there are vastly under-resourced. People are working extremely long hours under intense pressure and that’s a big factor in the bullying culture," says PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay.

"It may not be an easy sell for politicians to allocate more funding to parliamentary agencies. But it is necessary to make it a safe place to work for the people who ensure the effective functioning of our democracy."

The PSA welcomes employment reforms that would give greater protection and security for our members in the Parliamentary Service, Ministerial & Secretariat Services/DIA and the Office of the Clerk.

These include overhauling triangular employment arrangements, in which parliamentary workers are employed by those agencies but managed by MPs, and ensuring that the agencies are proactive and responsible employers in every way.

The union backs the reform of the breakdown of relationship clause says Mr Barclay.

"MPs can currently use the so-called ‘gone by lunchtime’ clause as a trigger to get rid of staff easily when relationships turn toxic, rather than working to build good relationships in the first place. Our members need to be protected from unreasonable treatment without making their roles even less secure."



Many staff in the Parliamentary workplace are also vulnerable because their employment is events-based, which means they could lose their jobs when their MPs do.

"We agree there needs to be improved redeployment for staff in that situation, and the introduction of more permanent positions for those who seek greater security," Mr Barclay says.

"But we also acknowledge that the culture of bullying impacts on all of our members in the Parliamentary workplace, including those who are already permanent staff, and the culture needs to change for everyone."

The PSA is now calling for accountability for the implementation of the reforms.

"We need greater clarity over exactly what these changes will look like, who is responsible for implementing them, and when they will be introduced, and we are looking forward to hearing that."

"Finally, while most of these reforms should be positive for the parliamentary workforce in the long term, it is crucial that worker voices are heard during what could be a challenging transformation process."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Fair Pay Agreements Good: CTU Releases Report On Sector Bargaining

The Council of Trade Unions has today released an independent report conducted by economic research company BERL into the validity of sector bargaining.

And the findings are clear - there is no economic reason not to implement sector bargaining but many social and individual wellbeing reasons to do so. More>>

 

Goldsmith New National Finance Spokesperson: Amy Adams To Leave Politics In 2020

Amy Adams has announced she will retire from politics at the 2020 election and as a consequence of that decision she has chosen to stand down from the spokesperson roles she holds in the Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Government's Cosmetic Banking Reforms

The elephant in the room as the government carries out its latest bout of tinkerings with our banking practice is the extraordinary level of profit-taking still being extracted by the Australian Banking Gang from ordinary New Zealanders. Yes indeed, ... More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Offensive Language, Misuse Of Pepper Spray

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that, following a pursuit in Auckland, a man was dealt with inappropriately and unprofessionally by a Police officer during his arrest. More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: Gender Inclusive Questions Introduced

More than 28,000 New Zealand households will be asked to take part in the upcoming Household Economic Survey. Starting this year, the survey will ask people to describe their gender – whether that is male, female, or if they see themselves another way, such as one of many non-binary genders. More>>

New Report: Are We Listening To Children?

A report released today is a sharp reminder that what children and young people say makes a difference, and that it’s time we paid more attention to their views, says Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft. More>>

ALSO:

The Nation: Canadian Euthanasia Practitioner Stefanie Green

The euthanasia debate is progressing, with the End of Life Choice Bill expected to have its second reading in Parliament on Wednesday. A similar bill was passed in Canada in 2016 ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Gun Buy-Back Scheme

Do gun amnesties and buy-backs save lives? Since it’s always difficult to exclude all of the socio-economic factors that may be operating in parallel, the die-hard denialists in the gun lobby will always be able to find a bit of wiggle room. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels