Corruption is one of the sicknesses of our society. PSI believes that one of the best alternatives to austerity and cuts to public spending is to seriously fight against corruption. We also link this new PSI campaign against corruption to the fight for global tax justice.
More than 100 members of affiliate unions of Public Services International (PSI) came together from across the Americas for a Tax Justice and Anti-Corruption Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina in late April 2014.
Corruption continues to be a challenge for Europe. The European Union has released an anti-corruption report saying that the amount of corruption in the region is "breath taking". The report states that corruption costs the EU economy at least 120 billion euros a year.
On the International Day against Corruption on 9 December 2013, PSI affiliate - Sindicato Unico de Trabajadores del Gobierno del Distrito Federal de México SUTGDF - with the support of other Mexican affiliates and trade union leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru, organised the first trade union forum against corruption in Latin America.
The public often perceives corruption in public services above all as a phenomenon of individual public service employees taking bribes for delivering services or favours to individual citizens. Many citizens of the wealthy and more developed nations believe that corruption is particularly a problem of politicians in poor or developing countries. However, these are only some aspects of corruption, and focussing on them alone obscures the fundamental problem of corruption as a challenge for societies all around the world.