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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The PSA is 100 years old this year

The PSA launched its centenary celebrations in Auckland on April 17 and the celebrations will continue around the country until 31 October.

To mark the centenary, the Dan Long Memorial Trust commissioned a biography of  Dan long.

Dan Long was general secretary of the PSA from 1960 to 1976, and saw it transform from a gentlemanly professional body into a well resourced and highly effective trade union. He was also directly instrumental in broadening the range of PSA activities beyond immediate issues of pay and working conditions into the fields of human rights, internationalism and the social revolution of the late 60s and 70s.

Listen here as author Mark Derby talks to the CoffeeBar Kid about the project.

Click here to read more about the book (from a previous show):

The PSA grew out of the New Zealand Civil Service Association in 1913 when three young Education Department clerks decided to form an association to provide ordinary public servants with the support they needed.  Their actions followed the passage of the 1912 Public Service Act which created a politically neutral, career public service.

Over the past century the PSA has proudly represented public servants and fought to improve their working lives.  Many of the things it has fought for, such as superannuation, have benefited all workers in New Zealand.  It won equal pay for women, flexible working hours and annual leave and has helped to create a politically neutral and corruption free public service that is the envy of many countries in the world.

The PSA has grown from being a union for government workers to one which represents 58,000 workers in local government, the health sector, crown agencies, state-owned enterprises and community and government funded agencies.

PSA centenary websiteA special interactive centenary website has been launched to document the people and events that shaped the union’s history. A work in progress, it will include video and audio clips as well as online access to 100 years of the PSA Journal. Visit it now and contribute your own story or memory of the PSA.

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