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Tax Justice and Financial Transaction Tax Forums

15 April 2013
Tax justice and FTT workshop

International FTT strategy session

PSI affiliate members from Tunisia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and the United States participated in the global financial transactions tax campaign strategy meeting hosted by PSI in Tunis on 26 March. FTT will continue to be a pillar of the broader tax justice campaign, and campaigners are looking to collaborate on EU FTT, post-2015 MDG Summit, G20, World Public Services Day-23 June, and other upcoming advocacy opportunities. The meeting was co-organised by PSI affiliate National Nurses United.

Energy and development policies at the WSF

15 April 2013
WSF Tunis

The PSI utilities delegation included members from the following countries: Tunisia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, Palestine, Algeria, South Africa. Many other unions participated in WSF as part of their national delegations. Our UGTT affiliates arranged for PSI to have a tent in the trade union village; we presented many documents and posters which were well received. PSI and UGTT banners on the right to water and to energy adorned the main entryway of the World Social Forum.

Let the spring flowers blossom: The rise of Arab trade union women leaders

26 March 2013
PSI women's leadership seminar in Tunis prior to the World Social Forum

They continue to live with the realities of ongoing wars and revolutions, discrimination and abuse, but Arab women are finding ways to organise for a better future through sisterhood and trade union solidarity across borders.

PSI Workshops at the World Social Forum, Tunis 2013

22 March 2013
Logo of the World Social Forum in Tunis

Public Services International is actively involved with the World Social Forum 26-30 March 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia. We are hosting and co-sponsoring numerous events on trade union rights, youth and empowerment of women, where PSI affiliate members will share their views on water, women, tax justice, climate change and other important issues. This forum is of particular significance given the political challenges facing our members in the Middle East and North Africa two years after the Arab Spring. Thousands of participants from civil society organisations, trade unions and progressive political groups will be attending this gathering.

World Social Forum

24 March, 2013 to 29 March, 2013

Tunisia: PSI condemns the assassination of Chokri Belaid

08 February 2013
Chokri Belaid, General Secretary and spokesman for the Democratic Patriots Movement

In a letter addressed to President Marzouki, PSI has expressed its revolt and consternation after the assassination of Chokri Belaid, opposition political leader who spent his life fighting for democracy, liberty and social justice. Chokri Belaid was a partner in the trade union movement and an insipiration for all Tunisians.

Tunisia: PSI protest against attacks on UGTT and its members

12 December 2012

On 4th December 2012, trade union militants and workers met to prepare the 60th commemoration of the assassination of Farhat Hached, the nationalist leader and founder of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT). This peaceful gathering was interrupted by a gang of pro-Ennahdha militia, attacking the union central headquarters armed with stones, swords and tear bombs, calling for the dissolution of the UGTT.