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Hundreds of public servants in Wellington marched to parliament today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the country’s largest union, the Public Service Association.
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.
Today’s event brings to a close a year of centenary events around the country.
Hundreds were greeted by a haka from parliamentary security guards who are also PSA members.
The Minister of States Services Jonathan Coleman was due to address the crowd along with spokespeople from Labour and the Greens, PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff and current PSA President Mike Tana.