Political neutrality and your rights

We often get questions from our public service members about what 'political neutrality' means, and what they are allowed to do at work and in their personal time.

In the build up to last year's elections, the PSA produced a series of guidelines for our public service members to help everyone understand what is and isn't ok.

In brief:

  • You can join a political party and participate in their activity in your own time.
  • You can express political views on your personal social media accounts. It can also help not to identify your employer on your account.
  • You can (and should!) share PSA-produced materials with your workmates, even if they aren't members.
  • You shouldn't use information you know from your day job in outside activity.
  • If your workplace has an area open to the public, you shouldn't put PSA material there without permission.

If you have any questions, please call the PSA Organising Centre on 0508 367 772 or email enquiries@psa.org.nz Our trained staff will be happy to help.