President's Message


As we look ahead to the upcoming local government and DHB elections it’s important that we’re a strong voice for the issues that matter in our communities.


That’s why the PSA is asking you to support candidates who back our key priorities.

In local government we are seeking equal pay for library assistants and other undervalued workers, and living wage for all - alongside a commitment to social housing, public transport and public ownership of assets.

In district health board elections we want candidates who back equal pay for health workers, safer staffing levels, full implementation of the mental health inquiry recommendations, and our campaign to implement guaranteed hours for home support workers.


I’ve already started asking questions of people who are standing, and it’s really important that you do the same.

On equal pay for example, some DHBs say they support it – but ask candidates what are they going to do about it?

As a DHB delegate I have seen the impact that decisions by board members can have on patients and workers. So I know how important it is that we make informed choices at election time.

It may not be trendy but I encourage everyone to get out and attend meetings, even write letters to the editor.

And most importantly make sure you vote on our issues so the concerns of the PSA members are represented around council and health board tables.


Janet 2 small2With equal pay at the top of our agenda for council and DHB elections, it’s timely for the PSA to join with the National Council of Women and other unions to encourage members to wear black and white for pay equity on Suffrage Day.

It’s disappointing to see the gender pay gap is not closing according to the latest statistics.

But we are making great strides towards achieving pay equity through our equal pay claims and gender pay gap action plans.

Our sisters that came before us fought so hard to achieve equality at the ballot box, we can’t give up the fight now to achieve equality in our pay packets.


It’s also disappointing to have heard horrific stories recently of bullying in the workplace.

It has to stop and I challenge members to stand together, so noone feels isolated and unsafe at work.

The PSA has contributed to new standards released by the State Services Commission that make it clear public servants should expect safe and respectful workplaces.

So let’s stand up and call out the bullies.

Haere ora, Haere pai

Go with wellness, go with care

Janet Quigley – President, PSA


DHB sector hui at Orongomai Marae

Also in this issue:

Vote 2019 NZ!

Vote 2019 is your chance to help shape the future of your community, according to PSA Vice-President and Auckland Council delegate Benedict Ferguson.

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Vote for healthy communities

That’s why in 2019 we urge you to vote for DHB candidates who support four priorities which are crucial for our workers in district health boards, and for all of us who may need health services now or in the future:

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Let's Bring This Home

But despite these hard fought victories the income and hours of support workers remain insecure – forcing many to leave the jobs they love.

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Te Ao Tūmatanui: Strengthening the Māori Crown relationship

It includes expectations public service leaders work in partnership with Māori to deliver services that work for Māori, and develop a workforce that reflects the community it serves.

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Ask the Minister

*CH:* People will still work in the departments or agencies they work in now. Over time they might see more alignment of the terms and conditions of similar jobs across the public service because at the moment we know there is variation.

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PSA says reforms a ‘significant step forward’

While the Government’s plan for public service reform does not reverse many of the neo-liberal elements of the State Sector Act it still represents a significant step forward. The reforms will provide better mechanisms to enable cross agency work and help break down silos in government.

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Equal pay for all

Equal Pay BW3 We’re pushing for equal pay across our union with the launch of new claims in recent months.

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Suffrage Day: ‘Our members are worth 100% and shouldn’t have to rattle buckets to get it’

“As a school social worker I’m responsible for more than 600 kids and I earn about the same amount as I did twenty years ago working in a bank.”

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Mind the gap! Taking action on gender pay

Gender Pay BW2 Statistics NZ data shows a 9.3% difference in the median hourly earnings of men and women in 2018 - a significant improvement on the 16.2% difference in 1998, but largely unchanged from 2017.

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