Equal Pay for All

PSA is pushing for equal pay across our union with the launch of new claims in recent months

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PSA Equal Pay advocates

Our union wide strategy can be seen in the raising of claims for social workers and social services workers at five not-for-profit providers. We’re also pursuing our claim for library workers in local government. 

These claims along with our claim for DHB admin workers could be a springboard for claims for women doing similar work in other sectors. 

“Work undertaken for one claim to prove women have been undervalued, could be relevant to another. This would save us from having to start from scratch with each new claim,” says PSA national secretary Kerry Davies.



The PSA partnered with NZEI, the National Council of Women and other unions to encourage members to wear black and white for equal pay on Suffrage Day on September 19. 

“It was a way to take the message out into the community, beyond workers who are actively pursuing claims,” says PSA Equal Pay organiser Jo Taylor. 

“We want to demonstrate public support for closing the gender pay gap and to encourage the government to speed up implementation.”



The PSA also continues to push for stronger legislation through the Equal Pay Amendment Bill. We are advocating for the bill to remove obstacles to accessing the courts, put time limits on bargaining, and make sector wide, multi-employer settlements easier.





2017 Care and Support workers
2018 Mental Health and Addiction support workers
2018 Oranga Tamariki social workers 

In negotiation with employers

DHB admin/clerical workers - bargaining to start soon following the completion of interviews and data analysis
DHB allied health workers - terms of reference being finalised
DHB mental health nurses – 200 interviews being conducted across all DHBs
Local Government Library Assistants – claim made to six big councils, terms of reference being exchanged
NGO social workers and social service workers – letters sent to five employers raising pay equity claims 

Under consideration

Administration and support workers across PSA