The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012
growing income inequality as the greatest challenge facing many countries around the world today;
that the income gap between the richest and poorest citizens of most countries has been growing dramatically over the last 30 years, making national economies more unstable, damaging the social fabric of nations and diminishing the living standards of their citizens;
that growing income inequality around the world is exacerbated by four global phenomena:
the value of public services as an expression of a nation’s common wealth for the common good;
that public services provided by governments must be funded adequately through progressive tax systems based on fairness;
the growing body of empirical evidence from international organisations, such as the ILO and the World Bank, which clearly shows that high rates of unionization lead to greater income equality;
the development of industrial strategies by nations which encourage mixed economies based on sustainable economic growth, green technology, fair wealth distribution and social justice;
Public Services International to adopt a ‘Common Wealth – Common Good Framework’ that is focused on:
PSI to advance this framework as a smart economic policy approach to reducing income inequality in countries around the world;
PSI to promote the framework in its Quality Public Services – Action Now! campaign as well as its dealings with national governments and international institutions.
See all Congress resolutions including the Program of Action and the Constitution.