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  • The Mexico City Public Service Workers’ Union wins historic provisions in the defence of labour rights and public services in the federal capital’s constitution

    26 May 2017

    Juan Ayala Rivero highlights the important gains for workers and the public and municipal trade union movement obtained by the SUTCGDMX in the final text of Mexico City’s First Constitution.

  • What is in and what is not for workers in the final text of the New Urban Agenda: a trade union assessment of the outcome document of Habitat III

    26 May 2017

    In October 2016, over 30,000 representatives of national, regional and local governments, trade unions, business, academia, and civil society gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for the Habitat III Conference (HIII), where state representatives adopted the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the UN guidelines meant to serve as a reference for urbanization policies for the next 20 years. The NUA comes at the end of a long trail of global commitments and agreements: the Decent Work Agenda of the International Labour Organization (ILO); the UN Sustainable Development Goals; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda for Financing for Development; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP21). While the NUA is the least well known of these agreements, it is the one that most closely relates to the concrete operationalization of global commitments, which all require local implementation on the ground.

  • PSI/ILO Regional meeting on the Human Right to Health in Tajikistan

    22 May 2017

    PSI organized a regional meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 11-12 May, on the Human Right to Health with the invaluable support of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the National Committee of Health and Social Protection Workers Union of Tajikistan and the Independent Federation of Trade Unions of Tajikistan.

  • The Australian Services Union (ASU) and other unions win a just transition deal for ENGIE Hazelwood workers with the State of Victoria and local energy employers

    22 May 2017

    On May 1st the Government of the Australian State of Victoria, announced the signature of the Latrobe Valley Worker Transfer Scheme Partnership Agreement, a landmark agreement on a just employment transition for workers in the energy sector moving from carbon-intensive towards low-carbon and renewable power generation.

  • Killings and rape of young women and children in South Africa

    18 May 2017

    The PSI South African Young Workers Committee has released a statement about the recent disturbing developments of disappearances, kidnappings, killings and general aggression against young women in South Africa. We must all work together to break the silence and mobilise against gender-based violence and the violation of women’s rights in our workplaces and societies.

  • Funds flowing illicitly out of South Africa must end now!

    18 May 2017

    Trade Unions and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in South Africa met in Johannesburg on the 09th – 10th May 2017, under the theme “Curbing illicit financial flows for public sector development and public service delivery: The role of trade unions and civil society”.

  • IDAHOT 2017 - No more hate speech!

    17 May 2017

    Today, on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-phobia, ITUC, PSI and EI jointly call on all trade union leaders to speak out against all forms of discrimination, and say “No more!” to the promotion of hate speech and falsehoods directed at LGBTI people.