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

UK: PCS celebrates National Gallery agreement

03 October 2015
Candy Udwin, PCS staff rep, photo by Lewishamdreamer

On 2 October, after a strike of more than 100 days, PCS members at the National Gallery voted unanimously to return to work after the union and management agreed to end the dispute. The gallery has also reinstated PCS senior representative Candy Udwin.

Support PCS strike at London's National Gallery

21 August 2015

Staff at London's National Gallery, organised by PSI affiliate the Public and commercial services union (PCS), have been on strike since February 2015 following the Gallery's decision to privatise almost all staff, including those who look after the paintings and help the gallery's six million annual visitors.

UK: Continuous strike greets new National Gallery director

12 August 2015
Strikers at the National Gallery, London

The first week of the National Gallery's new director will be marked by continuous strike action by staff fighting privatisation, the Public and Commercial Services union says. Since11 August, the union's members have embarked on a continuous strike after taking more than 50 days since February.

World Bank consultations on SDGs and education

15 July 2015
Students at Hidassie primary school - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

At a panel held on 14 July during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim called for scaled-up efforts to expand women’s access to good jobs, assets, and infrastructure.

The struggle of precarious school workers in Korea

10 July 2015
Bohee Choi

Bohee Choi, Educational Support and Cultural Workers coordinating committee member, tells us her story as a high-school teachers' room secretary in Korea.


05 July 2015

The World Education Forum of 2015, convened by UNESCO, was held in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 19-22 May. The new vision is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

ESCW launches the “Tell Your Story” campaign

01 July 2015
Tell your story

In order to highlight the great work that affiliates and their members do to support universal public education and culture, please send us your story!