PSA history in print

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The State and the Union

The state coverweb2To mark its centenary, the PSA commissioned The State and the Union. In this candid oral history of the union from 1984 to the present, 26 PSA members and staff talk about the tumultuous events of the late 1980s/1990s. During those years the PSA lost half its membership as government departments were sold off or corporatised and was forced to change and rebuild.

From the blurb -
“I remember being in my office one morning and I got a call from Bill Birch [the National MP] to say ‘You‘d better get over here, they’ve introduced the state sector legislation and you might like to see the final rites of the public service.’”  So recalls former PSA president Colin Hicks about an event that was to plunge the PSA into crisis and change forever the public sector in New Zealand.

Published by Steele Roberts,The State and the Union is being offered to PSA members at a special mail order price of $25 (includes p&p) – a $10 saving on the book store price.

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White-collar Radical

white collar radical cvr2To 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 to author Mark Derby talk about the book on National Radio:


Read Mark Derby on Dan Long in the June issue of Working Life

Published by Craig Potton, White-collar Radical  is being offered to PSA members at a special mail order of $30 (includes p&p) – a $10 saving on the book store price

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