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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

Peruvian federal universities oppose government efforts to ban collective bargaining

19 October 2015

The National Federation of the Universities of Peru (FENTUP) - continues to struggle against the attempts of the national government, to eliminate collective bargaining.

Education support workers are a hidden workforce and that needs to change

16 October 2015

I am Jon Richards, National Secretary for Education and Children’s Services for UNISON, the UK’s largest education union, representing 350,000 support staff working in early years, schools, colleges, universities and other education services. My role is to oversee education policy and bargaining and deliver the mandates of our members and their representatives.

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.

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