Being politically active as a public servant

As we get closer to polling day PSA members will be talking about the issues that are important to us. All PSA members have the right to politically active including those working in the public service. Your right as a public service worker to be politically active during an election is protected in the Public Service Act – including at work. Te Kawa Maataho has issued guidance which sets out clearly legitimate political activity that members can engage in at work, consistent with public service values.

There are a range of things you can do during this time:

  • You can talk about policies and issues on social media, but make sure that you don’t you don’t identify where you work, or speak about information you obtained in your role.
  • You can support candidates standing for election, door knock, put a sign on your fence, and attend election meetings. At candidates meetings you can speak to the issues raised but you shouldn’t identify where you work

If you are unsure about what you can or can’t do in an election period you can contact your organiser or call Te Roopu Tohutohu Manaaki the PSA Member Advice and Support Centre on 0508 367 772.

Download the being politically active poster here