All posts by Catherine Early

  • New Zealand launches cross-government gender pay principles

    Pay rates should be transparent, employment practices free from gender bias and the value of unpaid work recognised, according to a set of civil service gender pay principles launched by

    • Posted July 5, 2018
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  • Hong Kong raises civil service retirement age to 65

    The retirement age for civil servants in Hong Kong is to be raised by five years, the government’s Executive Council has confirmed. Civilian grade civil servants who joined the government

    • Posted July 2, 2018
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  • US senators slam pension cuts as ‘draconian’

    Twenty-six senators have urged Office of Personnel Management director Jeff Pon to reverse his proposals to slash retirement benefits for current and future federal retirees. Pon proposed the changes to

    • Posted June 22, 2018
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  • German court upholds civil service strike ban

    Introducing a right to strike for civil servants would fundamentally reshape the principles of the civil service, a German court has ruled. In a judgment handed down last week, the

    • Posted June 21, 2018
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  • Former UK CTO calls for reform of digital funding systems

    The UK government needs to find a better way to finance its digital transformation, according to the government’s former chief technology officer. James Stewart, who co-founded the UK Government Digital

    • Posted June 18, 2018
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  • Departmental chiefs reshuffled in New Zealand

    New Zealand state services commissioner Peter Hughes has unveiled a series of personnel changes among the country’s top civil servants, with the direct appointment of five public service chief executives.

    • Posted June 14, 2018
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  • Unions attempt to overturn Trump executive orders

    Two civil service unions are taking legal action against US president Donald Trump’s executive orders curbing federal staff protections and union powers. Three executive orders were signed by Trump at

    • Posted June 13, 2018
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  • Brexit creating ‘culture of extraordinary secrecy’ in Whitehall

    Information on planning for the UK’s future outside the EU is not being shared between government departments, while businesses and Parliament are being kept in the dark, a respected think

    • Posted June 12, 2018
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  • Australian civil service chiefs in major reshuffle

    The departure of two departmental heads has led to a significant reshuffle at the top of the civil service in Australia, with most departments getting new bosses. The shake-up was

    • Posted September 15, 2017
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  • Former UK Treasury chief urges honesty on Brexit

    The UK government is failing to explain the realities of Brexit negotiations to the public, the former permanent secretary to the UK Treasury has warned. Lord Macpherson, who was the

    • Posted September 14, 2017
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