Asia Pacific

PSI's Asia and Pacific region covers 122 unions in 22 countries and related territories with a membership of two million workers. The regional office is based in Singapore. Contact the regional offices.

Hopes and fears as Indonesia rolls out universal healthcare


The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care.

International trade union mission condemns continuing labour rights violations in South Korea

Many people participating in a rally in front of Seoul station

PSI participated in an international trade union mission in South Korea on 17-20 January to investigate continued fundamental labour rights violations against trade unions including PSI affiliates. The mission comes in the midst of increasing repression against Korean trade unions in response to a 23-day long rail strike. Participants in the mission include John Evans, General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, PSI Deputy General Secretary David Boys and other representatives from ITUC, PSI and ITF.

PSI affiliates generously answer call for Philippines solidarity support

© Photo by EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

Following the request for donations via the PSI Aid Fund, PSI affiliates around the world have contributed generously to assist our sisters and brothers and their communities in the Philippines, in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which swept through on 8 November 2013.

As Korean workers fight for their rights, Swiss do business with Korean President


South Korean President Park Geun-hye is arriving for a state visit to Switzerland this weekend. But while she enjoys Swiss hospitality, Korean workers will be striking for their rights in Seoul.

Asia Pacific News Bulletin 2013


Asia Pacific news is published and electronically distributed five times a year by Public Services International Asia and Pacific Regional Organisation (PSI APRO).

Australian High Court affirms unions’ rights to campaign for workers’ rights

Sign for the High Court of Australia

On 19 December 2013, the High Court of Australia handed down a significant decision in favour of free speech and the ability of organisations like unions to campaign for workers' rights and against unjust political actions through campaigns like "Your Rights at Work". This was in response to legislation introduced by the New South Wales State Govt Government in 2012 which tried to take away those rights.

Korea: Support railway workers' right to strike


Since June, the South Korean government has been pushing forward a new rail restructuring and privatisation programme despite widespread opposition. Faced with the government and Korea Railroad Corporation's (KORAIL's) flat out rejection of social dialogue, the Korean Railway Workers' Union (KRWU), an ITF affiliate, has been on strike since 9 December.

KRWU is also a member of the KCTU-Korean Federation of Public Services and Transportation Workers' Unions (KPTU), a PSI affiliate.


PCS LGBT History Month - Gay History Chart (to 2007)

Gay history

Lesbian & gay people have for centuries struggled to be accepted as equal and treated humanely, fairly and with dignity. They have been oppressed, persecuted and killed due to prejudice, intolerance and indifference.

PSI policy on International Trade Agreements


PSI’s Executive Board (EB–145) endorsed in May 2013 a proposal to increase PSI’s work on trade agreements. This work will focus on the most prominent threats to our affiliates, including ensuring that trade agreements are not used to open public services to private commercial activities but are used to contribute to the application of international labour standards to protect workers’ rights.

Highlighting the role of unions in reducing out-migration and winning workers’ rights

Geneva tram - migration poster

The year 2012 was the culmination of the fourth phase of the PSI Migration and Women Health and Social Care Workers Project implemented in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa in 2010-2012. The project’s objective was to strengthen the capacity of public service trade unions in addressing the causes, impact and challenges of migration by integrating responses to these migration challenges in their daily trade union work.

A trade union guide to understanding the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Cover page toolkit "Engaging with the ADB for workers' rights"

This toolkit traces the advocacy measures the global unions federations (GUFs) have undertaken so far in engaging with the ADB in the implementation of Core Labour Standards in all loan operations. Global unions have been engaging in dialogue and negotiating for the creation of a Labor Desk or a similar structure at the ADB for some time now, so that there can be more responsive two-way engagements in the implementation of Core Labor standards (CLS) in all loan operations

PSI Congress Resolutions


Resolutions adopted at the 29th World Congress of Public Services International, held in Durban, South Africa, 27-30 November 2012.
The Resolutions have been published in three volumes: Volume 1 - Resolution No. 1 (Programme of Action); Volume 2 - Resolution No. 2 (Constitution), and Volume 3 - Resolutions No. 3 to 49.

Emergency Resolution on basic labour rights of public service workers in Japan


The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012, adopted the

Resolution 35: Migration Project


The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Resolution 47: Global Trade Union Unity


The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Resolution 3: Building a disaster-resilient society through the enhancement of public services


The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Resolution 32: After COP 17: Campaigning for Green Jobs and Policies


The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI),

Resolution 34: PSI Sector Networks


The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI),

Migration: Australia National Report

Cover page

Quality healthcare and workers on the move. The Australia National Report is one of several research studies in key origin and destination countries carried out under the International Migration and Women Health and Social Care Workers Programme of Public Services International (PSI).

Rise now! End violence against women

PSI Congress delegates sign to end violence against women

This background document was produced for the Women's Caucus held prior to PSI’s World Congress. The World Congress is an important forum where we can raise our voices and join together in solidarity to pledge our combined efforts to stop violence against women. Our public sector unions must work towards creating a violence-free world for the women of today and for generations to come.

Philippines: Comparative study of collective bargaining


PSI trade union rights project has launched a comparative analysis of selected collective labor negotiation-management agreement in the Philippines public services.

Youth to Youth - Bulletin 2012


YOUTH TO YOUTH is the Asia Pacific Electronic news bulletin for young members in the region.