The issues: local government



We’re calling on all local government candidates to throw their weight behind improving the pay and conditions of council employees. Many of our members in local government are on unacceptably low wages, and we want candidates to support our equal pay claim for library assistants; and the Living Wage as a minimum for all workers. Our local government members deliver essential public services – transport, libraries, water and waste water management, recreation, arts and culture – and deserve wages that recognise the value of these to our communities.


Thriving, productive and inclusive communities depend on people having access to affordable, safe and secure housing. Councils have a central role to play in the housing sector, including the maintenance and expansion of social housing.

The PSA supports public investment in housing – from both central and local government – that helps build and support healthy communities.  The housing shortage is a major concern for PSA members, and we’re calling on all council candidates to commit to policies and investment that will help fix it.


Public infrastructure in many of our towns and cities is in need of significant investment to make up for historical neglect, and ensure it can meet the challenges of climate breakdown and growing populations. The best way to ensure public infrastructure and services are sufficiently funded is to keep them in public ownership. We need to learn from past mistakes and resist privatising public resources we have all built up over decades. These are taonga that must be protected for the good of all, not handed over to private interests outside democratic control. We want all candidates to commit to public ownership and control of our public assets.

Also in this issue:

President's Message


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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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