Hundreds marched in the streets of Hyderabad on 24 July 2017 in opposition to the 19th round of negotiations of the mega 16 nation Free Trade Agreement (FTA) called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Employment tribunal fees will be scrapped after PSI’s UK affiliate UNISON won a landmark court victory against the government on 26 July. Supreme Court verdict follows four-year fight by union and is a victory for everyone in work.
The United Nations 2017 High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development closed on Wednesday 19 July in New York, with trade union and civil society activists criticizing a piecemeal approach to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Activists are particularly concerned by the growing gap between aspirational goals and a lack of proper and comprehensive means of implementation.
PSI General Secretary, Rosa Pavanelli, spoke at the recent UCLG/GTF side-event at the UN High-level political forum on sustainable development emphasizing that "taxation is a key lever to beat inequality, ensure socio-economic inclusion and the SDGs".
New York, 13 July 2017: Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), usually portrayed as a useful tool towards sustainable development, actually “involve disproportionate risks and costs for people and the public purse”, claims a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions in the Spotlight Report 2017 launched earlier this week.
New York, 12 July 2017: Corporate power threatens women´s human rights by promoting a race to the bottom in labour standards and avoiding taxes in the countries where profits are obtained, concludes the report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017, in its analysis of the fifth Sustainable Development Goal which promises to achieve gender equality by 2030 and empower all women and girls.