Sectors

While the majority of PSI members work in the health and utilities sectors, our members work in thousands of job categories across many other sectors as well.

Education support and cultural workers

15 January 2014

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

Energy

01 November 2011

Reliable electricity improves lives and supports economic development. Just ask anyone who gathers wood to cook. Private corporations – motivated by profit – have frequently failed to expand electrical services to those who need it most. They also charge all the market will bear. Public enterprises – motivated by serving the public interest – are better placed to provide clean, affordable energy.

Health and Social care services

25 October 2011

Quality health care is important to families, societies and the economy – because healthy workers are more productive. The PSI – which represents 8 million health care workers – believes that care must be available to people who need it, not just to those who can pay. Health care is dangerous work. These workers, and the services they provide, are worthy of everyone’s support. Read more

Multinationals

04 November 2011

Globalisation has given rise to extraordinarily large and powerful corporations. Some have earnings that are much larger than some national economies. They scour the world for natural resources, tax havens, the lowest environmental standards, and the lowest wages. They relentlessly assert their rights to profit. When such corporations take over the delivery of public services, citizens should be wary of the threat to the common good.

Municipal services

28 August 2012

Municipal Services continue to be under siege by promoters of privatisation in a number of countries. They remain critical, however, for ensuring universal access to basic services, especially in developing countries. PSI's goal is to help its affiliates confront the challenges facing them, by sharing information, experiences and best practices, and using the tools and framework of the Quality Public Services campaign.

Public administration

04 November 2011

Quality public services, at their best, are the tools used by responsible and democratic governments to serve the best interests of their citizens. Public administration of services such as health care, education, and utilities promotes equality and the common good, not greater profit for a few. Like all other workers, public employees deserve a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, decent working conditions, and respect for their right to free collective bargaining.

Water and sanitation

04 November 2011

Clean water and sanitation – recently recognised by the United Nations as basic human rights – are critical to good health. They help prevent disease. Yet billions of people have no ready access to safe water. It is an essential service that governments must provide to protect their citizens and serve their common good.
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