The PSA (Public Servants Association of South Africa) is a registered trade union at the forefront of labour developments. The PSA is the largest, politically non-affiliated, fully-representative union in the Public Service. With a proud history of more than 90 years of service to its members, the PSA represents more than 225 000 public servants, Public Service pensioners and employees of semi-state institutions.
- The PSA is one of very few trade unions in South Africa which attends to the individual disputes of members free of charge. It has an impressive success rate in resolving workplace-related cases.
- The PSA was a founding member of the Independent Labour Caucus (ILC), a politically non-aligned movement which aims to foster co-operation between labour parties and jointly represents more than 40% of unionised public servants.
- As a registered section 21 company (non-profit), the PSA has to comply with both the stringent legal and financial requirements of the Companies Act and also all requirement for trade unions under the Labour Relations Act. This ensures sound management and control over the financial affairs of the PSA.
What does the PSA do for me?
As a trade union, the PSA's principal purpose is to regulate the relationship between employers and employees. The PSA creates a collective bargaining leverage for its members and provides a service to them by:
- Negotiating fair terms of remuneration and representing their interests in a variety of bargaining councils.
- Protecting their service benefits, such as medical aid, pension schemes and housing subsidies.
- Addressing issues such as fair and reasonable working conditions, hours of work and leave entitlements.
- Protecting the rights of its members by harnessing its professional, legal resources to defend them in situations of unfair labour practice or infringement of constitutional rights.