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PSA Congratulates Public Servants For Top International Ranking

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PSA Congratulates Public Servants For Top International Ranking

New Zealand's public servants are to be congratulated for their role in keeping New Zealand at the top of Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, says the Public Service Association (PSA).

New Zealand's public sector shares the top spot alongside Denmark and Singapore in the 2010 Index.

The annual survey measures the degree to which corruption, including bribes and kickbacks, is perceived to exist among a country's public officials. New Zealand scored 9.3 out of a possible ten.

"This top ranking is a great credit to New Zealand's public servants," says PSA National Secretary Brenda Pilott.

"Despite the government slashing over 2,000 jobs, excessive workloads that continue to spiral out of control, numerous departmental reviews that bring stress and uncertainty, we've managed to retain our top ranking on Transparency International's Index.

"As well as indiscriminate cuts, agencies are coping with thousands of long-term vacancies that lump pressure on individuals, teams and ultimately services. So it really is commendable that we've kept on top.

"It's about time the government recognised the excellent work public servants do. It's disappointing that it takes an international survey to highlight this," says Brenda Pilott.

"Over the past two years we've seen vital services cut and morale levels among staff slump to critically low levels in some agencies.

"This along with a drive to privatise services like prisons has potential to threaten our future top ranking.

"We've held the top spot on Transparency International's Index for five consecutive years.

"This shows our public services and those who work in them are a world-class asset and worthy of our thanks and respect," says Brenda Pilott.

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