Unity in Diversity

Unity in Diversity

Out@PSA is getting active at Pride celebrations and beyond

In the workplace union members seek to be visible, vocal and valued but for some workers being visible is a risk - not a right they are afforded.

Out@PSA seeks to be an active presence in the union and communities to promote diverse, respectful and inclusive workplaces.

As a network we come together to offer support and representation to members across the spectrum of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. Our goal is to allow members to go to work as their whole selves, with dignity and without compromise.


The ambition and purpose of much of Out@PSA’s work is to challenge the prejudices and ignorance that still exist in workplaces and New Zealand society.

The union movement and queer activism aren’t strange bedfellows as our core work is the same. Queer activism is transformative. The work of the union movement is transformative.

Both activist movements stand together in their desire to build stronger communities and influence public opinion. Out@PSA keeps a foot in both camps, lifting up our members and communities through the work of both.


Jacob Crown

Jacob Crown, Out@PSA Convenor

Our network has been simmering away lately looking to ensure the foundations are growing. 

Beyond getting out and visible at Pride events we’ve been looking at strategies to build our network members up to be champions in their workplace and ensuring the PSA continues to be an inclusive and welcoming union for all.

We want our members to feel confident as rainbow workers but we also want them to use their passion to leave their workplaces and the union movement better. To this end we have begun exploring model clauses and how measures like the Rainbow Standard, which the PSA assisted in developing, may be used.


The work of Out@PSA is for everyone. We often come together under the banner ‘an injury to one is an injury to all,’ standing proud as champions of equality.

For these positions to hold weight we need to make sure that among us can be found the full spectrum of the rainbow workforce.

So go out and build solidarity with our communities. Meet us at the Pride festivals and events happening across the country. Stand with your rainbow colleagues by challenging ignorance and prejudice in your workplace.

Contact us at out@psa.org.nz to get involved.

Nā Caleb Gordon
Out@psa Convenor

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President's Message

In October I was fortunate to attend the Council of Trade Unions Conference along with other members of the PSA delegation.

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Obituary: Lynn Middleton

PSA members and staff are deeply saddened by the recent and sudden death on November 13 of former PSA national secretary Lynn Middleton.

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Working for Free

For Pasefika women the statistics are even more damning – they’ve been working for free since September 29 due to a 25.5% pay gap. The pay gap is almost as dire for wāhine Māori – a 22.1% pay gap left them working for free since October 12.

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Kindly leading the way to Equal Pay

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Stand Up for Library Workers

At the launch delegate Chantalle Smith spoke of how research for their equal pay claim had found the skills required to do their job could be broken down into 22 separate categories.

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Mana Wahine: ‘Our passion is perceived as a threat'

A survey of wāhine Māori in the PSA has drawn a fantastic response - with more than 900 members taking the time to tell us about their employment experiences.

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Stark statistics help fight for equal pay and transparency

Your salaries generally reflect the gender and ethnic pay gaps seen in the wider workforce with Pākeha men well out in front of other groups.

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Fair Pay Agreements will give workers a fairer deal

That’s why we’ve made a submission on the Government’s new discussion document on FPAs and have been encouraging members to make sure their voices are heard.

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Honours for workers on frontline

The inaugural Public Service Day – Te Rā Kāwanatanga was held last year so this is the second year the awards have been handed out.

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PSAY Hui Inspires Success

After joining the PSA earlier this year, the DOC worker decided to attend the PSAY Hui in August.

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Pasefika Voices on Climate Strike

The PSA proudly supported the School Strike for Climate in September. For some of our Pasefika members the effects of climate change are already hitting home. They tell us why they took part in the rally on Parliament.

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“It opens their eyes”: Sector Māngai elected at Hui

Their role is to organise and advocate for Māori members in their sectors. They also represent their sectors on Te Kōmiti o Te Rūnanga o Ngā Toa Awhina and on sector committees.

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Reducing Māori Health Inequities

The convenor of Te Tira Hauora Kōmiti, a committee of Māori delegates across the DHB sector, presented their submission to the inquiry in November.

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‘It’s important to have Māori and female voices at the table’

Staff from the Ministry’s policy teams have attended UN indigenous rights forums in Geneva and New York.

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100 Years On - Labour is still not a Commodity

Its constitution still strikes a chord for those of us fighting for workers' rights:

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Your voice, our system

The forums will focus on mental health & addiction services, Māori health inequities, and disability services.

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Fearsome fighter

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A lifetime of discovery

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