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Figures show success in re-building public service

New figures show success in re-building public services

New figures from the State Services Commission released today by State Services Minister Annette King at the PSA Congress in Wellington show the success of the necessary re-building of the public service.

The figures show that the total number of public servants increased by five percent in the last year mainly in Inland Revenue and the Department of Corrections.

“This government has an ambitious social and economic reform agenda including Working for Families and Kiwisaver making these public service staff increases vital,” said Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary.

“The increased number of staff was necessary to ensure that the government can deliver important social policies such as Working for Families.”

“The public service has increased every year for the last six years after the destructive slash and burn approach of the National Party during the 1990s.”

“These increased number of public service staff play a critical role in the economic and social success of New Zealand, both now and in the future.”

The figures also show that the gender pay gap in the public service is 16 percent and that more public service workers are union members.

“The continuing gender pay gap in the public service must be fully addressed through the pay and employment equity reviews currently underway in the public service.”

“The increase in union membership in the public service will help ensure that workers have better workplaces with fairer terms and conditions of employment.”

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The PSA will tomorrow launch a report, ‘Re-imagining Government - putting people at the heart of New Zealand’s public sector,’ by UK based think-tank Demos which outlines a new vision for New Zealand public services that includes giving frontline more say in the way that quality public services are delivered.

The PSA is New Zealand's largest union and has over 55,000 members from central and local government, health and community services. About 120 union delegates from throughout New Zealand are currently attending the union's Congress in Wellington.

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