Working Life - the PSA Journal


Working Life is a quarterly magazine, distributed in print to all PSA members and available online for all.

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Contents - March 2017

Standing together in 2017

New Zealand’s general election will be held on 23 September, and the Stand Together campaign is revving up for it. We want to make sure that the issues that matter to PSA members are front and centre when people decide how they’re going to vote.

Find out what happened in our feature article.

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Guaranteed hours great news for support workers

Support workers around the country are being offered guaranteed working hours, meaning they will have increased security of work.

Koru new2Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill update 

Māori land reform has been a slow burning conversation since Te Ture Whenua Act was introduced in 1993. Its purpose centred on the retention and utilisation of Māori land.


Corrections: a system in crisis

The prison muster has hit 10,000 – and our system is struggling to cope. 

future of work3Labour's Future of Work

The Labour Party’s Future of Work Commission is positive about what’s to come, but what does it mean for PSA members?

parental leaveParental leave survey

Congratulations to the six PSA members who ran successful campaigns in the recent local body and District Health Board elections.

Standing Rock2Standing Rock

In early 2016, indigenous and environmentalist protesters organised a resistance movement against the approved construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Pasefika Network logoPasefika Network update

Whilst Pasefika people make up a relatively small proportion of the New Zealand population, Pasefika remain overrepresented in low socioeconomic brackets, made worse by their simultaneous underrepresentation in higher management positions.

bobmacdonell cropped2Celebration of Bob Macdonnell's life

We are saddened by the passing on Bob MacDonnell. He was a part of our union family as a member, delegate, activist and organiser for 37 years.


The regulars

President's message: Happy new year to you all

In briefs: Paul Smith - half a century with the PSA


Network briefs: Snippets from some of our networks

Bargaining update and cross-union news: News from across the PSA and our wider union family

Last Word: What does it mean to be a public servant in the era of Trump?

Previous issues 

Many of the stories from Working Life are on this website. Choose an issue below to read these online:

December 2016

December 2016

September 2016

September 2016

June 2016

June 2016

March 2016

March 2016

December 2015

December 2015

September 2015

September 2015

You can read the full print version of every issue from the last 100 years over at our Out of Print website.