(a) A collective approach to representation

The fundamental value underpinning the union is that together – collectively – members have more power and influence than they do individually. Without collective organisation an inherent power imbalance exists between employer and employee.

Collectivism means more than just a collection of individuals merely banding together to express their individual wills. It is the PSA’s strongly held conviction that ‘the collective whole is more than the sum of the parts’.

That is: by working together members can increase their power and influence. We believe that groups of people working together through good collective processes enable more dynamic thinking and action.

Because collectivism is the basis for the union to achieve any influence, it is also the basis of the union’s culture and practice.

Collectivism involves discipline, commitment and democracy. Thus it is about responsibilities as well as rights and benefits.