Multiple unions endorse call for free and universal basic services

The Public Service Association welcomes the decision by FIRST Union to join the campaign for an Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment, a policy proposal that all New Zealanders should receive services like healthcare, education, public transport and broadband internet for free.

The campaign calls on politicians to be more bold and transformative with their policies as we rebuild from Covid-19, and with the endorsement from a major private sector union the Aotearoa Wellbeing Commitment is now backed by organisations representing over 100,000 Kiwis.

“The experience of lockdown and the ongoing global response to Covid-19 proves beyond all doubt that governments can show leadership and deeply transform the way our economies and societies operate,” says Erin Polaczuk, National Secretary of the PSA.

“The old status quo has to end, and the question is now what kind of society we want to live in. We believe New Zealanders deserve a country where the basic necessities that allow us to live with dignity are guaranteed, and provided to all through a sustainable and progressive tax system.”

Posters are going up on walls in major cities around New Zealand this week, promoting the campaign for universal basic services and encouraging people to visit the Let’s Do Even Better website

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