GWRC Kapiti Coast

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Penny Gaylor
Occupation: GWRC Councillor, for Kapiti Coast
Candidate for: GWRC, for Kapiti Coast
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes, ETu
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? Yes

Question 1)
Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
Yes I voted to support GWRC becoming a Living Wage employer last year.

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
Yes I do
And when GWRC recently voted to support councillors receiving childcare subsidy I Moved a Motion that we would only support childcare providers that were paid a Living Wage. There was a degree of resistance around the table, but in the end my arguments and others persuaded our colleagues to support the Motion and it was carried. Possibly the first big test for us to see if we can influence and enforce this policy position.

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?
Yes I do

Question 4)
Do you support equal pay claims for relevant council staff (such as library assistants) and would you support working with Unions to advance these claims?
Yes I do, and Yes I would

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
Yes

Question 6)
Would you support adapting council employment policies to ensure all directly employed, contractors and staff of CCO’s have access to with union membership?
Yes

Question 7)
Do you support declaring a climate emergency? What role do you think Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects?
Yes I did
GWRC has a big role to play, not just as a large organisation, or as a leader in our sector, but the public transport network is a huge consumer of fuels and emitter so moving the buses in our region from diesel to electric will have a big local impact. We have also just recently se a progressive, and aggressive, target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
I would never support any such sales, I have always signalled this position to colleagues.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
No I don’t support extending privatisation of council services, I’m of the view that there are intangible benefits of doing services in-house.
I would always consider the merits of bringing things back in-house – for example when I was previously a councillor on the Kapiti Coast District Council we brought the pool staff back in-house.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
GWRC doesn’t have a direct responsibility but we will always have a role in the wider context of our responsibilities.

Question 11) (GWRC Candidates only)
Do you support the establishment of a working group with relevant transport unions to regularly consult on aspects of the delivery of regional public transport services?
Yes

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?
Yes – I challenge that it has worked. Thoug maybe it has worked in the views of the architects – if you get my drift.
Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
Please refer to my example above regarding the low wage childcare sector.
Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
No – and thank you for the opportunity to share my position of issues, and my record of how I voted on some matters of interest to your members.

Neil Mackay

Director
Candidate for: Greater Wellington Regional Council: Kapiti
Are you a union member/staff member?                                                          No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?             Yes many years ago
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?    Staff of 3 non– union members

Question 1)

Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council? Yes

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?    Yes

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?    Yes

Question 4)

Do you support equal pay claims for relevant council staff (such as library assistants) and would you support working with Unions to advance these claims?  I would consider this on its merits

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements? I would consider this on its merits

Question 6)
Would you support adapting council employment policies to ensure all directly employed, contractors and staff of CCO’s have access to with union membership?  Yes

Question 7)
Do you support declaring a climate emergency? Yes    What role do you think Council can play in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects? The environmental impact of local and regional activities must be a key consideration as we transition to a low emission and climate resilient New Zealand

Question 8)

Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? Public transaction and transparent reporting

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? Depends upon the economics and performance. Must maintain an internal capability.

 

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?   Outside GWRC brief

Question 11) (GWRC Candidates only)
Do you support the establishment of a working group with relevant transport unions to regularly consult on aspects of the delivery of regional public transport services? Yes

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)? No there may be some opportunity for modification

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)

I was the CE of Industry NZ the Crown Entity responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of strategies, programmes and activities for industry and regional development directed by Government. The early business model design was a centralised operation. I changed that to a decentralised model ensuring good representation and interaction in the regions. Building local enterprises and generating employment with the idea of creating opportunities for more skilled and higher paid employees.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?

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