Trade union rights news

All work has dignity, and all workers deserve to be treated with respect by their employers. Trade unions play a decisive role in improving working conditions, safety and wages – yet some governments and employers systematically abuse the right of workers to join existing unions or form new ones. PSI works actively to support the right of workers to free collective bargaining, and to help stop abuses when they occur.

What is in and what is not for workers in the final text of the New Urban Agenda: a trade union assessment of the outcome document of Habitat III

26 May 2017

In October 2016, over 30,000 representatives of national, regional and local governments, trade unions, business, academia, and civil society gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for the Habitat III Conference (HIII), where state representatives adopted the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the UN guidelines meant to serve as a reference for urbanization policies for the next 20 years.

Municipal workers in the Province of Buenos Aires and their trade unions take action to seek compliance with the Paritaria Act on collective bargaining in local and regional government

12 May 2017

Members of the Confederación de Trabajadores Municipales de la República de Argentina (CTM), affiliated to the PSI, took action in 2016 and again in 2017, calling on mayors to comply with Provincial Act 14.656 of 2015 on Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining for local government  workers in Buenos Aires province, generally known as the Paritaria Act.

Release Zeynep Çelik NOW! Stop attacks on the Turkish people!

03 May 2017

The arrest of Zeynep Çelik by the Turkish government on May Day is totally unacceptable to the Public Services International. Zeynep, is a nurse and former Executive Committee member of PSI Turkish affiliate Dev-Sağlık-İş (DISK).

Big win for Philippine unions as govt finally agrees to ratify ILO Convention 151

02 May 2017

After years of campaigning by a coalition of unions, the Philippines Government has agreed to implement Convention 151 of the International Labour Organsiation, assuring government workers the right to unionise.

1st May 2017: Public service workers are the custodians of an alternative world and a better future

30 April 2017
In Patung Kuda (Silang monas)

On this 1st May, we are demanding a better and fairer world, defending strong democratic states and inclusive societies, ensuring economic development and the redistribution of wealth for the benefit of all.

UN staff protest in Geneva against unilateral 7.5% pay cut

27 April 2017
No 7.5% pay cut

At its 84th session, in March 2017, the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) decided that pay for UN Geneva-based staff will be reduced by 7.5%. This amounts to a reduction of one month’s salary in a year.

Motion of support from PSI's Executive Board to the general strike in Brazil called on 28 April

24 April 2017

The Executive Board of PSI expresses its support for the general strike in Brazil called by the trade union centres on 28th April. In response to the attacks on democracy and trade union and labour rights by the illegitimate government of Michel Temer, a general strike clearly shows strong opposition from the working class to the backward steps taken by the government.

Resolution 15: Against impunity in Guatemala

30 November 2012

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

Resolution 39: Swaziland

30 November 2012

 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

30 November 2012

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

Resolution 19 : Defending and Protecting Labour Rights

30 November 2012

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

Resolution 18: Support for global campaign for rights at Deutsche Telekom

30 November 2012

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

Resolution 20 : Violation of trade union rights by the government of Guyana

30 November 2012

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

Emergency resolution on Tunisia

30 November 2012

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

Emergency Resolution on the Democratic Republic of Congo

30 November 2012

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

Resolution 45: The struggle of the Ngöbe-Buglé people of Panama

30 November 2012

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

Resolution 49: Palestine and the Middle East

30 November 2012

 (Composite resolution based on Draft Resolutions No. 40, No. 41, No. 43
and the Amendment No. 15 to Resolution No. 40)

Impact of the economic crisis and austerity measures on women

04 July 2012

Women are losing jobs in both the private and public sectors, which has an immediate effect on household income but a much longer term effect on the role of women in the labour force.

Annual Report 2010

05 April 2011

In the face of widening cuts to public services and attacks on the rights of public sector workers around the world, leaders of private and public sector trade unions, municipal governments and civil society groups made the unprecedented joint commitment to work together to promote investment in quality public services backed by fair taxation policies as the key solution to the economic crisis, and the best way to build peaceful, equitable, democratic and environmentally-sustainable societies.

Annual Report 2009

03 April 2010

Environmental and social sustainability provided the primary theme for PSI’s work in 2009. Leading into the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen in December, trade unions and civil society allies worked hard to ensure that world leaders would agree on an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions. Alas, this dream did not become reality. But we are committed to continuing this struggle and achieving real results.

Annual Report 2008

03 April 2009

Looking back at 2008 the one word that comes to mind is CHANGE. We saw a dramatic change in the global economy, it was the keyword in the US election and we initiated changes in PSI.

It’s time to end violence against women

30 October 2008
End Violence against women (cover)

“Violence against women means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”. United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Article 1