• Posted on: 10/09/2022
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  • Tagged with: Public Service

Rocketing energy bills, combined with the rising cost of living, are flatlining wages. Members and their whānau are feeling the crunch.

Anyone who provides a service to the people of Aotearoa understands the harm the cost-of-living crisis is inflicting on communities across the motu.

Low wages and stressful working conditions are leading to staffing shortages. The public service pay restraint – in place since 2020 – has only made things worse.

We are living through a profoundly difficult period in history. People are frustrated. We need to channel that into action.


That’s why unions affiliated to the NZCTU – including the PSA – are negotiating a pay increase for workers across the whole of the public sector.

If successful, the Public Sector Pay Adjustment (PSPA) will lift pay in health, education, the state sector, and community services – any industry funded by Government.

It’s time to use our collective strength to negotiate a pay increase that takes inflation into account, rather than sending workers’ wages spiralling backward.

It’s about equity and fairness. It’s about lifting respect, along with pay. It’s an opportunity we simply can’t
afford to pass up. 


We’re currently bargaining with representatives from Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission.

This won’t be a prolonged negotiation. We hope to conclude bargaining in weeks, not months.

There are no guarantees in when it comes to bargaining, but we are committed to delivering the best possible deal for our members.

We will update you as soon as negotiations progress. 


History tells us unions are more successful when we work together. This is an opportunity for union members across the country to move the dial for all public sector workers.

Tell your non-union colleagues to join the PSA. The more of us there are, the louder our voice will be heard.

The PSPA negotiations will benefit tens, if not hundreds of thousands of workers – many of whom are on extremely low wages.

By joining with the NZCTU and other unions we can combine our efforts to secure a decent pay rise for all.

  • A pay adjustment for the whole public service and funded sector.
  • An added advantage for members from NZCTU affiliated unions.
  • Continued pay equity processes separate from the PSPA.
  • Continued initiatives to close the ethnic pay gap and establish the living wage as a public sector minimum.
  • Pay adjustment made available to all from the date of commencement.
  • Funding to pay for the PSPA provided to all agencies without incurring job losses.