What we stand for

The PSA – the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi –is New Zealand's largest union, representing nearly 62,000 workers in central government, state-owned enterprises, local councils, health boards and community groups.


To build a union able to influence the political, economic, industrial and social environments in the interests of the membership of the PSA.

PSA Values

We champion members’ interests with a strong effective voice. We stand together, supporting and empowering members, individually and collectively.

We take a stand for decent treatment and justice. We embrace diversity and challenge inequality. Our actions are characterised by professionalism, integrity and respect.

We are a progressive and constructive union, constantly seeking solutions that improve members’ working lives.

We encourage participation from members. We aim to be transparent, accessible and inclusive in the way we work.

Fair pay and good jobs

Collective bargaining is one of the key ways in which PSA members can work together to improve their living standards and the quality of working life. The PSA bargains for members in over 400 organisations that between them represent the full breadth and diversity of the public sector. Each sector has its own particular needs and the PSA's bargaining strategies are drawn up accordingly.

Strong union organisation

Effective recruitment and strong delegate structures are at the heart of union organisation in the workplace. The PSA has nearly 4,000 workplace delegates and runs a comprehensive programme of delegate development, including a series of courses on the skills and knowledge needed for the job.