PCC Northern Ward

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Josh Trlin

Occupation: Law clerk

Candidate for: Porirua City Council Northern Ward / Pukerua ki te Raki

Are you a union member/staff member?: Yes, I am a member of Aotearoa Legal Workers’ Union (ALWU)

Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where?: ALWU is my first union membership

(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?: n/a

Question 1)
Do you support a living wage for all staff directly employed by the council?
Absolutely – everyone deserves a living wage and dignity in work, and council should lead by example.

Question 2)
Do you support a living wage for all contractors employed by the council?
Absolutely – Porirua City Council currently pays living wage to staff but not contractors, and it is a key priority of mine to ensure that living wage is expanded to all workers in any way connected to council, and for Porirua City Council to become a fully accredited living wage employer. Having an exception for contractors is not only unfair, it can be exploited by employers to pay less in wages by contracting out jobs that would otherwise be in direct employment.

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?
Absolutely, for the same reasoning outlined above in question 3.

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 – equal pay claims are incredibly important, and I fully support working directly with unions to advance these claims.

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
Yes. I support all steps that council can take to support unions, and positively viewing contractors with union agreements is important in ensuring that workers are best protected and supported in all council work.

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 absolutely, for the same reasons outlined in question 5.

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 presented strongly in support of this to Porirua City Council earlier this year when it was considering whether to declare a climate emergency and was very happy to see an emergency declared. A declaration is not enough on its own however, and now it is important to see that intention translated into genuine action. Council can play a very important role in preventing climate change and mitigating its effects both through reducing its own emissions and also factoring in emissions reduction to the consenting process.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
As a rule of thumb, I’m opposed to selling off council owned assets. The only exemption to this rule would be where assets are defunct, but in that situation I would still be opposed to selling off any council owned land those assets are on, instead utilising it for a new purpose. If assets are ever sold it should be solely for the purpose of investing in new assets, not for short-term rates relief.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Absolutely not – privatisation leads to corner cutting to boost profits and takes public services out of public control. It’s bad for residents in that it results in more expensive services that are often worse quality. I definitely support bringing currently privatised services that fall within the ambit of council responsibility back into council control where possible.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Currently council doesn’t play an active role in this – but it should. Decent and affordable housing where people can live with dignity and in good health is a fundamental human right. Council can require sufficient standards from developers, implement bylaws, and work in partnership with central government to achieve this. In particular right now in Porirua council needs to ensure that the major redevelopment occurring in Porirua East creates decent and affordable housing for all residents, with a strong emphasis placed on benefiting current residents in the community.

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?
n/a

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?
n/a

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
I promise to always champion working people and progressive politics. My beliefs are founded in the values of democratic socialism and I believe strongly in empowering workers. I’m standing for council to bring a strong progressive voice to the table with a focus on tackling the housing, mental health, and climate crises. Porirua is a beautiful city with an incredible community and I’m proud to call it home, but for too long these problems have not been addressed and instead have been set aside in the too-hard basket. The issues that face our community are too urgent to wait any longer.

For as long as I have been politically conscious, I have fought hard for progressive causes. Since my first year of university in 2013 I’ve marched on parliament for numerous progressive causes, most recently in solidarity with the kaitiaki at Ihumātao. As a member of the Labour Party I have campaigned hard both inside and outside the party to push for bold progressive reforms. I’m a union member and I believe that the only way to achieve genuine change is through collective action, where people and communities come together and form grass roots movements to demand better.

Solidarity forever.

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

Porirua has many tough challenges ahead and it is crucial that there are strong progressive voices at the table to deal with them. With cost pressures building, the looming climate crisis, our harbour silting up, and the Porirua East redevelopment set to begin, there will be strong pressures from many corners to take shortcuts and pathways of least resistance. These problems and projects are far too important for half measures, and I am determined to strongly champion both working people and young people in the decision-making process. No more short-term band-aid solutions designed to look good in a three-year election cycle – we need substantial, effective, long term answers to the problems we face.

 

Rabeea Inayatullah
Occupation: Recent graduate from Victoria University in BA; Worker-In Charge at Hallensteins
Candidate for:
Porirua City Council – Northern Ward
Are you a union member/staff member? No, but I would like to find out more about joining a union covering retail workers
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? No I have not yet been in a union. However I support unions.
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? (n/a)
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? Yes
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?
I support Council declaring a climate emergency. My three initiatives if elected on council to mitigate the impacts of climate change are to:
1. Establish a network of electric car charging stations, including one in the Northern Ward, and move to transition the fleet of city council vehicles to electric power.
2. Council to reduce its own CO2 emissions by reducing energy usage in Council buildings and facilities
3. Stop all Council building permits for land most at risk to flooding and climate events
Question 8) Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? None
Question 9) Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? No and yes
Question 10) What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? Councils should play a leadership role in ensuring all people in their catchment have access to safe, healthy and affordable housing.
Question 13) Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
I am standing for local government because I want to be a representative for the local residents and community groups in Porirua. I want to be able to work hard to improve conditions for other people and empower my community, especially our migrant, refugee and immigrants, and our young people. I want to inspire them through becoming an elected member and through my work to have huge aspirations and use my platform to provide a voice for them. Also, as the former President of the Politics Society at VUW I always ensured that the progressive side of politics was represented in any debate.
As a young woman of colour I know how difficult life can be for many people and the inequality they face. If elected as a councillor in Porirua, I want to strongly support the extension of the Living Wage to all contracted and employed PCC staff. I would also seek to
align myself with progressive councillors on any votes that particularly impact the most marginalised people in Porirua City.
Question 14) Is there any further information that we should take into account?
I am only 21 so I have grown up in a period where unions are not well known. However, I strongly support the idea that people should have the right to join a union and to bargain collectively for better pay and improved working conditions.

 

Iain MacLean
Occupation: Freelance editor and writer
Candidate for: Porirua City Council Northern Ward
Are you a union member/staff member? No.
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? Yes. The PSA (several times and workplaces, depending on jobs, such as Radio NZ and Internal Affairs), and going way back to the Labourers Union and General Workers Union in my City Council and Ministry of Works labouring days.

(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s? We don’t employ any staff.

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? Yes

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? PCC has already done this and I support it. In our city, we are already having problems with coastal erosion, and that is going to be one of our biggest challenges. Council should make good purchasing decisions that support a low carbon, energy efficient future, and promote public transport very strongly.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? None that I can think of. PCC has disposed of some small bits of land it didn’t need as strategic assets, and those sorts of non-productive asset probably aren’t worth retaining.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? I don’t support privatising existing services. If bringing currently privatised services back under council control could be justified on efficiency and cost grounds, I’d consider supporting it. This is probably a better idea for multi-council activites, where you’d get economies of scale, such as water and waste.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? Council needs to make land available for development, and support a range of affordable options within developments. It needs to do more to encourage more compact developments, including ‘infill’ housing, which can lead to closer communities, better use of public transport, more affordable housing and better social and environment outcomes.

 

Anita Baker
Occupation:Projects Manager
Candidate for: Mayor/Northern Ward Porirua
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? If so, when and where? No
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?

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? Depends on affordability, but yes in principle

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations? Yes in principle but depends on the management of the organisation whether it is implemented.

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? No

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements? No we run a fair process following the government tendering process.

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? No as Union membership should be voluntary.

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 and we have already declared it. Council has an important role to collect and disseminate information to business and the public about how we can participate collectively.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)? If the business ran profitability and gave council a good return/dividend.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control? No

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents? An important one, council; needs to encourage and collect statistics on housing supply and ensure plenty of land is available for development.

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?

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?

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

I voted for the living wage at PCC in 2018.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?No

 

Nathan Waddle
Occupation: Department Manager, New World
Candidate for: Porirua City Northern Ward
Are you a union member/staff member? No
Have you previously been a union member? No
If so, when and where?
(for business owners only) Are there union agreements at your business/s?

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?
No

Question 3)
Do you support a living wage for all staff employed by the council controlled organisations?
No

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, to get equality across the board, i am happy to work with unions to see how we can make it work.

Question 5)
Would you support adapting council procurement policies to positively view contractors with union agreements?
It would have to be a converstaion with the ratepayers.

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, but it is all well and good to declare an emergency, but now need to take action! Council can control its own workings as well as providing suitable legislation to mitigate the effects our city may have on the environment.

Question 8)
Under what circumstances would you support the sale of any council owned assets or organisations (or part thereof)?
If they no longer were a neccessary part of the councils work, and not bringing worth to Porirua.

Question 9)
Do you support the privatization of council services? Would you support bringing currently privatized services back under direct council control?
Yes, Certain key services can be privatised to help reduce our rate increases and to benefit the wider community.

Question 10)
What role do you think council plays in making sure that decent and affordable housing is available for all residents?
Making sure the appropriate checks are in place to produce housing in the key areas, safely and to benefit the community it is situated in.

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?

Question 12) (GWRC Candidates only)
Would you use your position on regional council to seek the repeal of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM)?

Question 13)
Can you demonstrate a commitment to working people and progressive politics? (please elaborate upto 200 words)
Ofcourse, we need to work with all of the people in our great city and we need to proivde needs at many different stages and parts of their lives.

Question 14)
Is there any further information that we should take into account?
On living wage, as someone who currently does not earn a living wage and am able to run a political campaign while also maintaining a living, the concept of this ever changing concept of what the living wage actually is and how we can better make it work for everyone.

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