Community Public Services

Everyday you make a difference to those people you support - today is the day to make a difference for you.

Click here to join the PSA now.

CPS Logo CopyThe Community Public Services (CPS) sector covers people working in:

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

So if you work in community home support, disability support, mental health and addictions and wider social services, and social change organisations - then PSA is the union for you.

Activity in CPS

Union members in community public services together have won the Equal Pay settlement for support workers in the community working in home support, mental health and addictions, and disability support. PSA members also achieved the in-between travel settlement including guaranteed hours, building on our campaign for workers being paid the minimum wage for sleeping overnight in clients’ homes. During the Covid crisis, our members fought hard to get PPE.

Our next focus will be on our equal pay claim for the social services sector. 

The union is also there for you in the case an issue arises between you and your employer - we’ll be in your corner representing you and providing employment advice.

Click here to meet the members of the CPS Sector Committee.

Join us - for a better working life


The PSA is proud to have successfully lobbied for many recent developments in CPS, including: 

  • Winning guaranteed hours for home support workers

  • Settlement of the ‘in between travel case’, ensuring home and community support workers are paid for the time spent traveling between clients’ houses

  • Winning a ground-breaking equal pay settlement for care and support workers

  • Successfully extending the equal pay settlement to cover mental health and addiction support workers

  • Winning the “Sleepover Case” to have the time recognised as work and paid at the minimum adult wage 

These achievements were only possible thanks to the collective efforts of our union members, delegates, and organisers.

By becoming a PSA Union member you will also be entitled to many member benefits, including amazing rates on our PSA holiday homes. 

You can also connect with members with similar interests through our networks, as well as connecting wit the PSA through our Facebook page and Facebook groups.

PSA HSHand sanitiser is a highly sought after product right now - so the PSA has secured supplies to help you stay safe in the workplace.

These products will be distributed by your local organiser or national delegates. These are not intended to replace stocks that your employer should be providing, but rather to offer additional supplies.

This is an excellent opportunity to show our members - and potential members - that PSA will always do their best to protect you.

Each hand sanitiser is a hospital grade hygienic hand sanitiser rub:

  • contains 70% v/v ethanol
  • kills 99.999% germs in testing by independent laboratory

Media Releases

Now more than ever, undervalued admin workers deserve pay and respect

Our hospitals, courts, government departments and local councils can’t function without admin workers, so when will they get the pay and respect they deserve?

Continue reading

Media Releases

PSA cautiously welcomes PPE review: "We need gloves, not promises"

The Public Service Association supports the decision to independently review PPE distribution and supply, but the union says health workers are sick and tired of empty promises.

Continue reading

Media Releases

Home support workers are on the front line, so why haven’t they been paid?

Despite guaranteed government funding and subsidy schemes such as essential service leave, the largest employers in New Zealand’s home support sector have this week either not paid or vastly underpaid many home support workers, or forced them into taking annual leave.

Continue reading

Media Releases

Unless changed, MoH guidelines treat community support workers as expendable

The Public Service Association says its members are receiving contradictory messages from the Ministry of Health that put at risk their lives and those of their clients.

Continue reading

Media Releases

Home support workers may refuse unsafe work if PPE not provided

Home support workers say they are scared to go to work because without adequate supplies of personal protective equipment they risk spreading Covid-19 to their clients.

Continue reading

Media Releases

HealthCare NZ makes concessions, but remains committed to harmful job cuts

After weeks of protest nationwide by Public Service Association members, clients and families, the company has reduced the number of regional jobs it will cut but confirmed it will go ahead with most.

Continue reading