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Ebola Response

24 October 2014

Deaths to health workers accounted for six percent of all deaths confirmed as due to EVD, even to the end of the outbreaks. Over 500 health workers, including members of PSI affiliated unions, were killed in the line of duty. PSI is actively lobbying national governments, the ILO and WHO and working with health and allied care workers in our unions to rebuild health systems that can resist future outbreaks in the context of universal access to essential healthcare, which is the core of the post-2015 agenda for health.

Greece: the fightback against austerity

Video: The fightback against austerity

07 July 2014

Greece: the fightback against austerity

Eurozone President and Dutch Finance Minister Dijsselbloem suffers crushing defeat in Greek saga

07 July 2014

The privatization of the Greek water companies in Athens and Thessaloniki has been frozen. This was the news reported to the General Assembly of the Thessaloniki water company (EYATH) today. Workers representatives cheered the report that the ongoing privatisation of the public company is in direct conflict with a decision of the Council of State which had decreed that the privatization of the Athens water company sought by the Greek government and welcomed by Eurozone President and Dutch Finance minister Dijsselbloem was illegal. The workers, their union and a broad coalition of social movements had already successfully organized a referendum in which 98% of votes cast of nearly 220.000 people said No to the privatization, 18 May 2014.

Resist privatisation of water in Thessaloniki

19 May 2014
No to water privatisation

On 18 May 2014, the citizens of Thessaloniki held a self-organised referendum on the privatisation of their water company. The proposal was massively rejected, over 98% of votes were cast against the privatisation of water and sanitation in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. PSI is asking Greek citizens living in other countries to send a message to their embassies or consulates urging the Greek national government to respect the outcome of this non-binding referendum.

Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

09 April 2014

International trade agreements such as the TPP are currently being fast-tracked and negotiated in secrecy. These agreements undermine local and national government decision-making power and increase corporate access to public services resulting in the privatization of critical public services. PSI is working with global union federations, affiliated unions, and civil society allies who oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) being negotiated in the Asia Pacific Region.

Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)

02 April 2014

PSI is currently undertaking further research on the effects of the TISA on our sectors. PSI will be working with civil society and other allies to oppose the harmful effects of the TISA.

Social protection floors

30 March 2014

Today, as much as 80 per cent of the global population does not have access to social protection and lives in social insecurity, facing complete loss of income when a personal or national economic crisis strikes. Social Protection was pushed to the fore of the international agenda after the obvious damage due to the financial and economic crises, and a 2012 ILO Recommendation operationalizes Social Protection Floors as two-pronged, providing universal access to essential health care and basic income security in the case of maternity, for children and when people are sick, unemployed, disabled, and old. Read more>>>

Greece: ADEDY organises protest strikes against draft law

11 March 2014
Demonstrators holding an ADEDY banner

PSI affiliate ADEDY held a 24-hour general strike on 12 March 2014 and is holding a further 48-hour general strike on 19-20 March 2014.

The strikes are in protest against a draft law that is going to be voted by the Greek Parliament and that foresees the massive dismissal of civil servants as well as the abolition of public units.

New campaign to save Greek water from privatization

04 March 2014
Save Greek Water

New TV and radio campaign follows presentation of first European Citizens' Initiative that obliges the European Commission to consider a pan-EU campaign calling on EU legislation to recognise water as a public good, not a commodity.

Savegreekwater "Παραλιακό καφέ" (Κάτι τρέχει με το νερό)

Video: Something's up with the water

04 March 2014

Savegreekwater "Παραλιακό καφέ" (Κάτι τρέχει με το νερό)