Historical highlights



  • 1938 - Formation of the Civil Service Association and the election of the first President, John Lyon Smith.
  • 1939 - The Civil Service Association registered as a Trade Union and was granted recognition to represent Civil Servants.
  • 1954 - Successfully agitated for regrading of Civil Servants
  • 1956-1959 - Constitution of our Recreation and Cultural Centre at St James,
  • 1961 - Amendment of the Association's Rules permitting membership representation of all monthly-paid Government employees.



  • 1961 - (October 31) First mass protest by Civil Servants.
  • 1962 - Representation led to the creation of an independent Public Service Commision and an Arbitration Agreement established for the Civil Service
  • 1963 - Acquisition of property on Abercromby Street in Port of Spain, the official Head Office of the PSA
  • 1965 - Unrelenting agitation by the Civil Service Association led to the passage of the Civil Service Act #29.
  • 1965 - The establishment of the Civil Service Special Tribunal and the consequential abolition of the 1962 Arbitration agreement.
  • 1966 - Ursula Gittens is elected the first female (non-executive) President of the CSA.
  • 1971 - The Association changes its name to the Public Services Association.



  • 1976 - The formation of the Public Service Appeal Board.
  • 1981 - The Association establishes "One Man One Vote" affording each member the right to vote. James Isaac Alexander Manswell was the first President elected under this new system.
  • 1987 - The PSA secures an historic declaration by the High Court that the State illegally and improperly deprived public officers of their property, resulting in more than $500 million in outstanding increments being paid to public officers ( in 2002).
  • 1997 - Jennifer Baptiste-Primus is elected the first female Executive President of the PSA.
  • 2009 - Watson Duke is elected Executive President of the PSA.
  • 2013 - Watson Duke is re-elected Executive President of the PSA.

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