Join PSI

The trade union movement is by far the largest democratic movement in the world. PSI is the acknowledged representative of public sector workers within this movement. We want to join our voice with yours at local level, and to join yours with ours at the international level.

Who can join PSI?

PSI membership is open to unions and other organisations for people employed in national, regional and local government; health, environmental and social services; gas, electricity and water; waste removal, processing and recycling services; educational, cultural and recreational services; construction and maintenance of roads and buildings; and other bodies whose function is to provide services to the public. Membership (also known as affiliation) is also open to organisations representing employees in international agencies established by associations of states or government authorities.

Why should we join PSI?

The trade union movement is by far the largest democratic movement in the world. PSI is the acknowledged representative of public sector workers within this movement. We want to join our voice with yours at local level, and to join yours with ours at the international level. . In doing so, we are building a strong and united network for: quality public services, trade union rights, gender equality and employment equity, public alternatives to privatisation, social justice in the workplace, poverty reduction and debt relief.

How much will it cost us?

The formula for calculating PSI's annual affiliation fees is 0.955€ multiplied by the number of members eligible for PSI coverage multiplied by the "country index" (see below). The calculation of the total amount per union follows an indexation system based on gross domestic product (GDP) figures produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Those affiliates whose GDP figure is below the world average have their fees reduced to the percentage figure resulting from dividing their national figure by the world average, to the nearest index band (10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%...). The indexes may be reviewed on a regular basis by the Executive Board or, by delegation, by the Steering Committee.

How will our money be spent?

Each five years the PSI Congress decides on a Programme of Action. This forms the basis of all PSI's work. Affiliation dues account for around 80% of PSI’s budget.  The remainder of PSI’s budget is derived from cooperation with trade union solidarity organisations and those funds are used for projects of trade union development throughout the world.

How do we apply to join?

If you would like to speak to a PSI representative please click here to contact us or phone our head office in France at +33450406464, or contact one of our local offices. The PSI application form can be downloaded via the links below.