Dan Long had been a conscientious objector during WW2, then studied law while working for the Ministry of Works. He was an active and effective member of the PSA, and was elected to the national executive in 1956
At the 1958 annual conference he was elected national president in place of the popular but retiring Jim Ferguson. The Public Service Journal noted that, ‘New President, D.P. Long… has been a member of Wellington Section Committee for about six years and of its management committee for three.” Long was probably best known, said the Journal, “for his work as a member of the Equal Pay Sub-committee.”
This remarkable rise from the ranks to the leadership of his union in less than ten years was a powerful endorsement of Long’s contribution to the equal pay campaign.
Since the mid-1950s he had worked alongside fellow PSA activist Margaret Brand (known ruefully to her employers as ‘Firebrand’) to implement the policy of equal pay for women public servants doing the same work as their male colleagues. The friendship between the two deepened after Long became PSA president and in 1960, the year the Equal Pay Act was passed, he and Margaret Brand were married.
Dan long is the subject of a new biography by Mark Derby. More details here
Bert Roth, Remedy for Present Evils: A history of the New Zealand Public Service Association from 1890, New Zealand Public Service Association, 1987