Community Public Services

PSA membership in the community sector is growing rapidly. To make sure your interest are fully represented, we've made changes to our structure and created the Community Public Services sector.

This sector covers people working in:

  • disability
  • mental health/ drug and alcohol
  • home support
  • social services, and
  • aid and development organisations

The Community Public Services sector has its own national committee and a seat on the PSA Executive Board.  This ensures your sector has a voice at all levels of PSA decision-making.

The difference the PSA can make

We know that funding in the sector is tight.  It is getting harder for organisations to meet the growing demands in their communities and elsewhere.  It's also getting harder to provide employees with job security and the pay and conditions they deserve.

The services and support that you provide are important.  With a growing membership, the PSA will be in your corner.  We have the expertise to work with you for decent pay and employment conditions, a good working environment, and for your voice to be included in workplace decisions.

We will be a strong advocate for you and for the work you do.

Jenny Goodman, convenor,

Carol Hastie,

Frances Lazarus,

Carol Mace,

Mele Sanaerivi (to August),

Harry Pihema.


The committee remembers Liz Bowman, a long serving CPS sector committee representative, who passed away in 2014

Media Releases

Dunedin rally today after Anglican organisation suspends 27 staff without pay ahead of Christmas

27 staff working for Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin, Alexandra and Balclutha have been suspended without pay just ten days before Christmas.

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Media Releases

Will Anglican Family Care embody the Christmas spirit or continue being grinches?

Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin and other parts of Otago have resumed industrial action following the failure of mediation to find any solution to AFC’s refusal to provide a cost-of-living increase for their staff.

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A win win for home support

The PSA has reached a ground-breaking agreement with the government and employers that will improve the lives of home support workers and improve the chance of services being available if we need them in later life.

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News from the PSA. Working Life December 2014

Working Life December 2014

Read the latest issue of Working Life.

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News from the PSA. pay equity - lessons from Australia

pay equity - lessons from Australia

Australian labour activist Lisa Heap is a passionate advocate for pay equity.

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Bargaining update

Bargaining remains tough across all sectors with some members having to take industrial action.

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