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More Than 300 Civil Society Organizations From 73 Countries Urge Real Reform at United Nations Discussions on Corporate Investor Rights

30 October 2018

More than 300 civil society groups and trade unions – including global organizations such as Public Services International, Friends of the Earth International, and ActionAid – urged governments participating in United Nations meetings in Vienna this week to completely overhaul the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system contained within many international trade and investment agreements.

Third Development Partners Meeting of the ILO’s Global Flagship Program on Building Social Protection Floors (Geneva)

Date: 
24 October, 2018

The Third Meeting of the Multi-stakeholders Partnership for Social Protection Systems and Floors (SDG 1.3) will take place on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at the International Labour Office in Geneva. The meeting will bring together over 100 participants.

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).

Global Unions strategy meeting on the care economy (Nyon, Switzerland)

Date: 
22 October, 2018 to 23 October, 2018

The Global Unions strategy meeting on the “care economy” will take place on 22 & 23 October at Nyon, Switzerland. The meeting is being organised by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in conjunction with global union federations.

Binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

19 October 2018
Room 20 of UN building

The intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations (IGWG) held its fourth meeting on 15-19 October in Geneva, in order to discuss the Zero Draft for an internationally legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

Over 8,000 women in Glasgow to strike over gender-based pay discrimination in public services

18 October 2018
GMB members (left to right) Gillian Docherty, Eileen Dougall, Shona Thomson and Lee-Ann Dougall (Jane Barlow/PA)

Thousands of school staff, caterers, cleaners, nursery and care workers - members of PSI affiliates UNISON and GMB - will begin a 48-hour strike action on 23 October. The decision comes after a 12-year tribunal battle, and a repeated refusal by the city council to state its position after the highest court in Scotland ruled last year that the city’s pay system was discriminatory.

Global Unions Critique the World Bank’s flagship report at the Annual Meeting

17 October 2018

The World Bank’s World Development Report 2019:The Changing Nature of Work, has attracted significant criticism from trade unions and civil society since a draft was circulated earlier this year. PSI and BWI responded to the draft report and the work of the bank and its lending arm in a panel organised by PSI, BWI, UNI and ITUC, at the World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum.

European network of public service workers in migrant and refugee services is created

16 October 2018

On September 26th and 27th, the Italian Public Sector Union, FP CGIL, together with the Spanish union Fsc Ccoo and the European Public Services Union, held a meeting in Palermo to tackle the issue of migration.