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Join the PSA

The PSA is New Zealand's largest union, representing 58,000 workers in central government, state-owned enterprises, local councils, health boards and community groups. We are a powerful voice for the rights of public sector workers and a well-respected player in New Zealand politics.


The PSA acts to protect the rights of members in many ways. At the most basic level, we represent workers in employment disputes, providing them with legal advice and support. We are also a powerful bargaining force; PSA members see the benefit in better pay and improved terms and conditions.


At a national level, we argue for policies that improve public services and the terms and conditions of those who deliver them. Our National Secretaries are frequently in the media putting forward our members' point of view.


Reasons for joining

1. You're in a stronger bargaining position

Highly unionised workplaces are able to negotiate better pay.


2. You have a bigger say in decisions at work

The PSA has partnership agreements with many employers that give PSA members more say in decisions at work.


3. You are more likely to be treated equally

The PSA has led the way in the campaign to bring women's pay and employment into line with men's.


4. You have the protection from unfair treatment

You have somewhere to turn if things go wrong at work and you need legal advice and other support.


5. You get a better work-life balance

The PSA wins better leave provisions from employers. We also negotiate more flexible hours that recognise people's commitments outside work.


6. You are taking a stand for strong, professional public services

The PSA has been around for 100 years. PSA members have helped to make New Zealand's public sector something to be proud of.


7. You get greater security during times of change

The PSA negotiates procedures and guarantees to give members a greater security than undergoing restructuring and other change.


8. You and your family can enjoy affordable holidays

PSA Plus has affordable holiday homes for you to use in seven locations around New Zealand.


9. You are better informed

PSA forums and resources give you a chance to be active in discussions about public services.


10. You are helping to build a more collegial workplace

Some management practices can divide workplaces. The PSA always seeks to build unity and a collaborative workplace.


11. You are helped to save for your retirement

The PSA won the State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme; this was quickly followed by KiwiSaver. Now everyone can join an employer-subsidised scheme.


12. You are part of a national network for decent pay and conditions

The PSA joins the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) to promote a high-wage and high-skill economy.

Why I joined the PSA:

Watch the video to find out why one PSA member joined our union:




Recruitment of new members

PSA organisers and delegates are always looking to recruit new members in the workplaces that we cover. We are also trialling a new initiative, the PSA Benefits team, which focuses solely on recruiting new members. The team has started well at a number of selected workplaces, and we will continue to monitor its progress.


How much does membership cost?

The amount you pay to be a PSA member depends on how much you earn.

Gross annual salary

Fees per fortnight

Under $17, 640


Between $17,640 and $35,280


Over $35,280


If you would like to discuss your membership fee, call our Organising Centre on 0508 367772 or email us at