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Inter-Americas

PSI Executive Board 153 Communiqué

19 Nov 2018

The PSI Executive Board (EB) 153 met on 14-15 November 2018 – the first regular Executive Board meeting since PSI World Congress, in November 2017 in Geneva. After voicing strong concerns about the rise of right wing populism around the world, the meeting heard a full report of global and regional activities, decided on further priorities and activities and welcomed 21 new affiliates.

An equal seat at the table

15 November 2018

On 5-9 November, PSI coordinated a workshop in Barbados, in collaboration with the Workers’ Activities branch (ACTRAV) of the ILO’s Latin America & Regional Office, to learn about gender-neutral job evaluation concepts and methods. The aim was to explore the application of gender-neutral pay systems in the workplace and especially in the health and social services sector.

Americans want better healthcare for all

12 November 2018

Healthcare is the most important issue of concern to Americans today. In an exit poll conducted by the Cable News Network (CNN) during the mid-term elections, 41% of respondents voted for healthcare as the “most important issue facing the country”. Immigration, economy and gun policy received 23%, 21% and 11% of the poll respectively.

ILO study reveals bankruptcy of pensions privatisation

07 November 2018
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A new publication by the ILO confirms PSI’s long-held position: the privatisation of public pension systems has delivered vast returns to a tiny financial elite while diminishing the incomes of workers in retirement.

Global trade union strategy meeting

Date: 
5 November, 2018 to 6 November, 2018

FES New York and PSI are organising a Global Trade Union Strategy Meeting, 5-6 November in NYC, to reflect on inputs, joint campaigning and mapping strategic opportunities for trade union action in the lead up to 2019.

31 October: UN World Cities Day – “Stop precarious work in local public services!”

On UN World Cities Day 2018, PSI calls the United Nations, governments and mayors to halt the widespread use of precarious work in local and regional government services that hurts local communities, undermines the quality and accessibility of local public services, and stands in the way of achieving sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities (SDG11).

UN poverty expert warns against tsunami of unchecked privatisation

26 October 2018
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New report on "Extreme poverty and Human rights" finds that "widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising those living in poverty".

63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (New York)

Date: 
11 March, 2019 to 22 March, 2019

The 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW63) will take place at the UN Headquarters, in New York, from 11th to 22nd March 2019.

6th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector (Toronto, Canada)

Date: 
24 October, 2018 to 26 October, 2018

The 6th biennial International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector takes place in Toronto, Canada on 24-26 October 2018, with the theme “Advancing the Delivery of Positive Practice”. The Conference series was inspired by the publication of the Framework Guidelines for Addressing Workplace Violence in The Health Sector jointly published in 2002 by the Public Services International (PSI), International Council of Nurses (ICN), World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

CAPAM 2018 - Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance (Georgetown)

Date: 
22 October, 2018 to 24 October, 2018

Under the theme, Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance, CAPAM will explore this topic and its many implications during the CAPAM 2018 Biennial Conference being held in Georgetown, Guyana from 22-24 October 2018.