The Women's Network

The Public Service Association (PSA) represents nearly 62,000 workers in central government, state-owned enterprises, local councils, health boards and community groups. The Women’s Network is a key part of this union that helps tackle and promote the issues women face in the modern work force. The below excerpt was taken from the PSA’s website and outlines some of the key projects they’ve been working on:


“Our union is over 70% women, and so the work done within the women’s network is done by and for the majority of the union. Equal Pay is one of the PSA's four strategic goals, and much of the energy behind the Worth 100% campaign comes from the network.

The committee had its most recent face to face meeting on June 8 and 9, which is a time for people to plan, discuss, and focus on the issues for women ahead of the September election.


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With the big win in April of the care and support settlement, the network is now turning its attention to other occupations that are underpaid because of gender discrimination, and the implementation of gender equity throughout the PSA’s structure.

Upper South Island regional convenor Nancy McShane gave an impassioned speech about why she is putting her name forward for the Admin and Clerical equal pay case. McShane spoke eloquently about the challenges and difficulties in her work, and the reality of facing a working life marred with discrimination and devaluation. Nancy remains dedicated to her work despite the challenges, and is putting her name forward for equal pay because it’s the right thing to do.”



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Find out what else the Women’s Network has been up to on the PSA website.


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