Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Auckland Council Must Avoid Unnecessary And Harmful Cutbacks

With hundreds of permanent staff facing redundancy at Auckland Council and its associated organisations, Public Service Association members are prepared to explore all reasonable options to save money, maintain community services and protect jobs.

While the 3.5% rates increase is a sensible decision that avoids catastrophic cuts to public transport, road safety and facilities for children and the elderly, the PSA remains concerned that Auckland Council is rushing its response to the recession.

"This evening there have been wildly different figures bandied about by Council representatives and media commentators regarding the number of people who could lose their jobs," says PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay.

"The Council is not some abstract monolith. It is made up of hard working, decent people, who try to raise families and earn a living in Auckland just like everyone else. Suddenly throwing out massively inflated, speculative figures about job cuts causes unnecessary pain and stress for council workers."

The union calls on Auckland Council to urgently schedule a meeting so both parties can discuss the implications of the council’s budget decision.

"We live in the real world. These are difficult times and our members will work with the Council to minimise costs as we ride out this recession, but we need the Council to work with us," says Mr Barclay.

"Workers are a lot more likely to endorse pay restraint if an employer promises to protect jobs in exchange. The council is engaging with us and we welcome that, but we need real commitments on the table."

The PSA is disappointed to see lobbyists like the ‘Auckland Ratepayers Alliance’ describe the 3.5% rates increase as a betrayal.

"What would have been a betrayal is if Auckland Council had slashed and burned their way through our libraries and bus services. The wealthiest few may not rely on council services, but most ordinary working people do," says Mr Barclay.

"We are pleased the most short-sighted and extremist budget proposals were rejected. Auckland’s growing population and crumbling infrastructure needs investment, not abandonment. Council workers are essential to get this job done."

The Local Government Funding Agency recently relaxed its restrictions on council borrowing and the Auditor General told councils now is an appropriate time to consider more debt, widening the range of available options to avoid cutbacks and austerity.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Apparent Inability To Read The Public Mood

The basic skill that a successful politician needs is the ability to “read the room” and gauge the public mood. If National Party leader Judith Collins ever possessed that ability, it seems to have deserted her of late. Surely, very, very few of the public would agree with Collins and her deputy Gerry Brownlee when they claim :
(a)that the threat from Covid-19 means that the election due on September 19 must be postponed until November, or sometime next year
(b) that in the middle of the current outbreak the government is obliged to hand over all the relevant decision- making to the top officials in the public service... More>>


Government: Plan To Tackle Problem Plastics

Following the success of the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags, the Government now has plans to phase out more single-use and problem plastics to reduce waste and protect the environment announced Associate Minister for the Environment ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Lockdowns, Leadership And Lebanon

As Melbourne has shown, the webs of urban life overlap so extensively that community transmission can be very hard to trace, let alone control. Each of the family members in the South Auckland family at the centre of the current outbreak will have had ... More>>


National: Emma Mellow As Auckland Central Candidate

Tonight the National Party has selected Emma Mellow to stand in the Auckland Central electorate for the 2020 General Election. Emma Mellow replaces retiring MP Nikki Kaye who first won the seat from Labour in 2008. Emma leads a team of communications ... More>>


Travel: Update On New Zealand And The Cook Islands Bubble

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna have welcomed the completion of phase one in the establishment of a travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Island. More>>

Election 2020: Labour Launch

E ngā mana e ngā reo Ngāti whātua ngā mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, e tika te kōrero Ehara taku toa he toa (taki tahi) he toa (taki tini) No rēira tātou e huihui mai nei, ka ‘Hoake tonu tātou’ Thank you for that welcome. And thank ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme

A quick quiz for the weekend. Which political party currently represented in Parliament issued a press release yesterday that contained these stirring passages: “[We have] long supported a free trade and free movement area between Canada, Australia, New ... More>>


Democracy 2.0: NextElection Partners With Scoop For Exciting Democracy Tech

Joint Press Release: NextElection, Scoop.co.nz, ScoopCitizen NextElection , a technology platform empowering democracy and Government accountability, and Scoop Independent News have partnered to strengthen citizen participation in the 2020 New Zealand General ... More>>


Covid-19: Poll On Management Approval

New Zealanders’ overall trust in the Ministry of Health and Government to manage the COVID-19 pandemic is at 82%, down from 91% during April. Overall distrust that the Ministry and Government will manage it in ways which best protect themselves More>>

Election 2020: National Releases 2020 Party List

National’s 2020 Party List is a strong mix of experience coming up through our Caucus, and new and exciting talent joining our team from communities across New Zealand, Party President Peter Goodfellow says. “The National Party is incredibly ... More>>

Horizon Research Limited: How Judith Collins Stopped The Bleeding

Horizon Research includes questions on voting from time to time in its surveys – for both forthcoming referenda and general elections. More>>

Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms

As New Zealand gets ready to head to the ballot box this September, 1 NEWS is bringing voters comprehensive coverage and analysis of this year’s General Election. TVNZ’s coverage will draw on the depth of experience held across the 1 NEWS team, says Graeme ... More>>

Economy: 30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs

64% of New Zealanders feel the economic position of their households is the same or better than a year ago – and 30% think it is worse or much worse, while 298,000 think they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months. Households’ perceptions ... More>>

State Services Commission: Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach

Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter has today announced the findings of an investigation into a breach of privacy regarding sensitive personal information. The investigation looked into who or what caused the disclosure of the information, ... More>>

International Security: New Zealand Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The New Zealand Government has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. More>>






InfoPages News Channels