November 10, 2023
Public servants waiting for ax to fall
It was Public Service Day this week, but the Public Service Association says it may be the last celebration members have for a while.
Assistant national secretary Alex Davies says National’s promise to cut departmental expenditure by 6.5 percent by reducing public service headcount is a threat to the PSA’s 90,000 members.
She says the public will see the impact.
“If you’re talking about the depth of cuts that I heard at various points in that campaign, there’s no way to make those without cutting services. There’s no volume of ‘working that out’ in a way that doesn’t impact the services that New Zealanders can receive,” Ms Davies says.
The Labour-led Government has made significant strides in rebuilding agencies, closing ethnic and gender pay gaps, and giving delivering vital cost-of-living catch-ups to its workers.