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Communiqué: PSI Executive Board meeting, 16-17 May 2013

20 May 2013

Ninety affiliate leaders of Public Services International, headed by 36 Executive Board titular members, met 16-17 May 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss issues facing public service workers and to adopt PSI action priorities for 2013 and beyond. Highlights from this meeting are outlined below.

17 May - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

17 May 2013

Standing in solidarity to overcome prejudice and discrimination

The global union federation Public Services International (PSI) urges affiliate members to use the opportunity of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, 17 May, to promote understanding and defend the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people in our workplaces and communities.

Bangladesh: We mourn – and we organise

03 May 2013
Garment workers in Bangladesh

On 24 April 2013, the collapse of a shoddily-built factory took the lives of over 500 garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Public Services International General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli says, “As we mourn with the families of the workers who lost their lives in this tragedy – we also confirm our commitment to advance through international solidarity the struggle of textile workers for justice in their working conditions.

Quality public services for all on International Workers’ Day – 1 May 2013

26 April 2013

Your future is in public hands - quality public services for all!

The international labour movement celebrates 1 May in memory of the activists who were killed in the Haymarket massacre of 1886 while demonstrating for the eight-hour work day. Today, using the pretext of the economic and financial crises, neo-liberal forces around the world are determined to eliminate workers’ right to bargain collectively and hard-won social and labour rights.

28 April 2013 International Workers' Memorial Day

24 April 2013
Vaccine box with Kick Polio out of Nigeria logo

Honouring frontline workers who’ve lost their lives while helping others

On 28 April, International Workers’ Memorial Day, Public Services International and affiliate members join in our workplaces and communities to honour fellow workers who have been injured or lost their lives in the delivery of public services.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 March 2013

Quality public services key to promoting equality in our workplaces and societies

On the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2013, Rosa Pavanelli, leader of the global union federation Public Services International affirms that PSI and its members “renew our commitment to end discrimination and defend equality in our workplaces and our communities.”

Rosa Pavanelli: New leadership, a new vision for PSI

15 March 2013
Rosa Pavanelli

Rosa Pavanelli has made it her life work to relentlessly strive for the dream of the better world that we can build together, in solidarity.

Rosa – elected General Secretary with a resounding 72% of votes at the November 2012 World Congress of Public Services International – has held many local, national and international leadership positions in the labour movement.