PSI at the International Labour Conference (ILC)

The 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference will be held at the Palais des Nations and the ILO headquarters in Geneva opening on Wednesday 28th May 2014 and ending on Thursday 12th June 2014. PSI will be working in close cooperation with its affiliates at the ILC to make the voices of public sector workers heard!

Global campaign in support of the right to strike for all workers

24 June 2014

At the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2014, during the discussions in the Committee on Application of Standards (CAS), the Employers’ Group persisted to deny that the right to strike forms part of ILO Convention 87, thus undermining decades of jurisprudence and the application of international law.

The Workers’ Group unanimously rejected the demands of the Employers’ group. The conflict over the right to strike has been referred to ILO’s Governing Body, which could call on the International Court of Justice to produce an advisory opinion and put an end to the dispute. A decision is expected in November 2014.

Video: Route of Shame 2014

12 June 2014

Public Services International and trade union leaders from around the world joined in Geneva for the "Route of Shame" on 4th June 2014, calling for the right to strike for all workers and shaming countries where workers' and trade union rights are violated. Quality public services and social justice are key to achieving equality, equity and dignity. On the same day, PSI affiliates in Guatemala, Panama, Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago de Chile, Paraguay, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Tokyo and Seoul also organized "Route of Shame" actions. International solidarity makes us stronger!

Public Services International calls for the right to strike in a global action

12 June 2014
Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary addresses the event in Geneva

Led by members of the global union federation Public Services International (PSI), trade union leaders from around the world joined in a ‘Route of Shame’ on Wednesday 4 June to call for the right to strike for all workers and shame countries that consistently violate workers’ and trade union rights, in Geneva and 10 other cities around the world.
PSI affiliates organised ‘Route of Shame’ actions in Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Paraguay, Panama, Peru and South Korea. PSI Youth Committees took the lead in Chile and Paraguay, whereas in Peru the action coincided with a day of national strike.

Photos: Route of Shame 2014 - Geneva

11 June 2014

The Route of Shame is a solidarity action organized by Public Services International, calling for the right to strike and shaming countries that violate workers' rights. On 4th June 2014, the second edition of The Route of Shame brought together trade unionists from all over the world and all sectors in Geneva and in Guatemala, Buenos Aires, Paraguay, Sao Paolo, Panama,Tokyo, Indonesia, Santiago de Chile, Lima and other cities (more updates soon).

‘Route of Shame’ events around the world

10 June 2014

On 4 June 2014 the ‘Route of Shame’ bicycle ride and parallel events took place in Geneva and around the world to protest against countries that violate trade union and labour rights.

‘Route of Shame’ events around the world

09 June 2014
Route of Shame in Seoul - Korean Health and Medical Workers' Union

On 4 June 2014 the ‘Route of Shame’ bicycle ride and parallel events took place in Geneva and around the world to protest against countries that violate trade union and labour rights.

PSI leader's presentation at the ILC

06 June 2014
PSI leader's presentation at the ILC

Public Services International

ILC 2014 – Statement by GS Rosa Pavanelli

Your Future in Public Hands

14 May 2013
Green poster: Your Future in Public Hands

Public services are under attack and action is needed to ensure that in the future quality public services will be available to young and old, generating social justice and equality for all.

Rosa Pavanelli's presentation at the ILC

10 June 2014

Find here the statement read by PSI General Secretary, Rosa Pavanelli, at the International Labour Conference (ILC) on Thursday 5 June 2014.

Banners: Route of Shame 2014

22 May 2014
Banner: Route of shame

Banners (in pdf) for the 'Route of Shame 2014' bicycle ride.

The banners can be downloaded in English and French.

Campaign materials: Route of Shame 2014

22 May 2014
Route of Shame

Campaign materials for the 'Route of Shame 2014' bicycle ride.

Flyer: Route of Shame 2014

22 May 2014
Flyer Route of Shame 2014

Flyers (in pdf) for the Route of Shame 2014 bicycle ride.

Flyers can be downloaded in English, French and Spanish.

Badges: Route of Shame 2014

22 May 2014
Badges: Route of Shame 2014

Badges (in pdf format) for the Route of Shame 2014 bicycle ride.

Badges can be downloaded in English, French and Spanish.

The Route of Shame 2014 logos

22 May 2014
Route of Shame logo

Logos (in pdf and jpg) for the Route of Shame 2014 bicycle ride.

Logos exist in English, French and Spanish.

Presentation: Route of Shame 2014

22 May 2014
Route of Shame, Geneva

PSI Presentations on the 'Route of Shame', taking place in Geneva on Wednesday 4 June 2014. Presentations can be downloaded in English, French and Spanish.

Special report: PSI at the International Labour Conference, June 2013

26 June 2013

Every year, the International Labour Conference (ILC) takes places in Geneva. It brings together more than 5000 delegates and is often called an international parliament of labour. The Conference establishes and adopts international labour standards and is a forum for discussion of key social and labour questions. The ILC took place 5-20 June 2013.

Speech: Rosa Pavanelli final ILC speech

18 June 2013

PSI General Secretary, Rosa Pavanelli's final presentation to the International Labour Conference summarising PSI's perspectives on public sector reform and the ILO.

Campaign materials: The Route of Shame

12 June 2013

Campaign materials for the Route of Shame bicycle ride.

Brochure: "Your Future in Public Hands"

07 June 2013

A compilation of PSI statements and background information for use by PSI delegates at the International Labour Conference ILC

PSI Comments on ILO Report “Collective bargaining in the public service: a way forward”

23 May 2013

Public Services International (PSI) welcomes the report and the excellent work done by the Committee of Experts, considering that this is the first time that collective bargaining in the public service is being addressed in a General Survey. Trade union rights remain the top priority for public sector unions around the world. This is certainly a timely report that exposes many of the challenges that trade unions face in the public sector.

ILO Report: Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs

23 May 2013

This report addresses the challenges of achieving environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a reality.

ILO General Survey: Collective bargaining in the public service – A way forward

17 May 2013

The main focus of the ILO General Survey is on collective bargaining rights in the public administration. It also covers a number of other subjects, including consultation, the civil and political rights of public sector employees, the facilities to be granted to trade union representatives, protection against acts of discrimination and interference, and dispute settlement mechanisms. However, Convention No. 154 applies not only to the public administration, but also to the whole of the public and private sectors. This explains that while the Survey focuses on the public administration for the subjects mentioned, it also refers more generally, and in less detail, to the situation in respect of law and practice in the private sector.

General Report of the ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations

16 May 2013

The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations is an independent body composed of legal experts charged with examining the application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations by ILO member States. The annual report of the Committee of Experts covers numerous matters related to the application of ILO standards.

Route of Shame 2014

04 June 2014
Rosa Pavanelli and ILC delegates - Route of Shame 2013

PSI will be organising its second “Route of Shame” this year - a bicycle ride calling for the respect of trade union rights in Geneva and other cities around the world.

International Labour Conference 2014

28 May 2014

The Conference will be held in Geneva (Switzerland), at the Palais des Nations and ILO headquarters. Please note that Tuesday 27th May will be devoted to preparatory meetings requiring the attendance of the tripartite members of national delegations to the Conference.

ILC coordination meeting for PSI delegates

23 May 2014

Circular to all PSI affiliates:

English  -   Français  -   Español

Public Finance Control and Anti-Corruption Strategies forum

13 June 2013

A PSI parallel event on public finance control and anti-corruption strategies.

The Route of Shame: A bicycle ride for social justice

12 June 2013
Poster Route of Shame

Join us in calling for the universal protection of workers’ rights and social justice!

ILC Orientation Meeting

05 June 2013

Orientation meeting for all PSI Delegates

102nd International Labour Conference (ILC)

05 June 2013

The 102nd Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) will be held at the Palais des Nations and the ILO headquarters in Geneva, from 5 to 20 June 2013.

Video: Route of Shame 2014

12 June 2014

Public Services International and trade union leaders from around the world joined in Geneva for the "Route of Shame" on 4th June 2014, calling for the right to strike for all workers and shaming countries where workers' and trade union rights are violated. Quality public services and social justice are key to achieving equality, equity and dignity. On the same day, PSI affiliates in Guatemala, Panama, Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago de Chile, Paraguay, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Tokyo and Seoul also organized "Route of Shame" actions. International solidarity makes us stronger!

Photos: Route of Shame 2014 - Geneva

11 June 2014

The Route of Shame is a solidarity action organized by Public Services International, calling for the right to strike and shaming countries that violate workers' rights. On 4th June 2014, the second edition of The Route of Shame brought together trade unionists from all over the world and all sectors in Geneva and in Guatemala, Buenos Aires, Paraguay, Sao Paolo, Panama,Tokyo, Indonesia, Santiago de Chile, Lima and other cities (more updates soon).

Video: Interview with Luis Lara - SNTSG, Guatemala

26 June 2013

During the International Labour Conference in Geneva, June 2013, Public Services International interviews Luis Lara, President of Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de Salud de Guatemala (SNTSG), a PSI affiliate.

Audio: Money lost through corruption could fund decent public services.

26 June 2013

Every year about $2.6 trillion is stolen by corruption. This money could be used to fund decent public services and help developing countries.

Videos: PSI at the International Labour Conference

21 June 2013

View a selection of interviews of PSI delegates at the ILC, the Route of Shame video, the Anti-Corruption Forum video on YouTube:

Photos: The Route of Shame - South America

21 June 2013

In parallel to the Geneva Route of Shame eventhref>, PSI affiliates organized similar actions in Lima, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Quito and Bogota. International solidarity makes us stronger and unites PSI!

Video: PSI Anti Corruption Forum ILC June 2013

17 June 2013

Public Services International hosted this forum as an official side event of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
Participants discussed how corruption undermines public services and democracy. Corruption wastes public money by diverting it into the hands of corrupt politicians, businesses and their agents.

Photos: Public Finance Control and Anti-Corruption Strategies forum

14 June 2013

Ending corruption requires public and political organising to demand that political leaders represent public interests, not the interests of rich individuals and powerful companies, and to hold them accountable.

Video: The Route of Shame - Ride for Workers' Rights

14 June 2013

Led by members of the global union federation Public Services International (PSI), trade union leaders from around the world join in a ‘Route of Shame’ bicycle ride Wednesday 12 June and visit missions and embassies in Geneva, Switzerland to draw attention to countries which consistently violate workers’ rights.

Photos: The Route of Shame - Geneva

13 June 2013

Led by members of the global union federation Public Services International (PSI), trade union leaders from around the world join in a ‘Route of Shame’ bicycle ride Wednesday 12 June and visit missions and embassies in Geneva, Switzerland to draw attention to countries which consistently violate workers’ rights.

Webinar: to get ready for the 2013 ILC discussion on Green Jobs/Just Transition

23 May 2013

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Sustainlabour organized 3 Webinars (online seminars) to introduce the issue and the process to union delegates or union experts interested in doing advocacy work in the capitals prior to the next ILO International Labour Conference.