Education support and cultural workers

Public Services International affiliates represent hundreds of thousands of educational support workers throughout the world, many of who work without job security, fair compensation and benefits, or recognition that their services are vital to ensuring high quality public education for all citizens. The jobs of support workers are on the frontlines of the privatization and casualization struggle within the education sector, and many of these workers face challenges in pursuing their basic freedom to form a union and collectively bargain their terms and conditions of service. More information

Historic UN resolution urges States to regulate education providers and support public education

12 July 2016
Photo: teacher & student. Creative Commons - Global Partnership for Education

PSI welcomes the new resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council urging States to regulate education providers and invest in public education - specifically to “address any negative impacts of the commercialization of education". The resolution was adopted by consensus of the 47 member States of the UNHRC, signalling the strength of the support for the resolution.

Many charter school advocates want public schools to be run like businesses

11 July 2016
Children queuing up outside a charter school

All of the rhetoric about “school choice” only obscures the real choice. Who do we want to control public education? Communities, teachers, and education professionals, or billionaires and owners of companies like Walmart?

Privatisation offers a bleak future to UK museums

08 July 2016
No privatisation at the National Gallery

Tracy Edwards, group secretary at PCS union, has written a piece for the Guardian newspaper on privatisation in British museums. Here's an extract.

Nigerian public workers rally against state policy on wages and privatisation

08 July 2016
Workers rally in Oyo, Nigeria

Oyo state public service workers held a rally on 15 June to protest unpaid salaries and proposed privatization of some schools.

AFT urges Mexican government to end violence against teachers in Oaxaca

28 June 2016
Photo: Democracy Now

The American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has made the following statement after police violence against a teachers' protest in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Everyday Hero Brenda Johnson

28 June 2016
Brenda Johnson

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has selected a member from each of its seven divisions who epitomize the spirit of public service, camaraderie and compassion, as its Everyday Heroes. Each winner will be honored at this year’s AFT convention in July.

The road to Quito: workers and decent employment must be at the heart of the New Global Agenda!

06 June 2016
H III

The countdown for Habitat III - the UN conference that is expected to set out the new guidelines for urban policies - has begun. The ‘United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development ’ – as it is officially called - will take place in Quito, Ecuador, 17 – 20 October 2016.