Precarious work

Working for the alternative: Implementing PSI's mandate in 2013 and beyond

29 May 2013

The 2012 PSI World Congress provided a framework for Public Services International's discussions and decisions. However, it is necessary to focus priorities. This document presents a detailed implementation plan for PSI's mandate in 2013 and beyond.

UK: PCS Budget Day strike on 20 March - and a three month programme of action against austerity

18 March 2013
Back the Budget Day strike

In the face of the overwhelming evidence that austerity isn't working, and mounting public opposition to chancellor George Osborne and the UK government's disastrous handling of the economy, the Public and Commercial Services union is stepping up its campaign for the alternative with a three-month programme of industrial action and protests.

PSI Congress Resolutions

12 Mar 2013

Resolutions adopted at the 29th World Congress of Public Services International, held in Durban, South Africa, 27-30 November 2012. The resolutions are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Japanese and Russian.

Decent work for youth and nothing less! Southern Cone Youth Committees begin to mature

10 March 2013
PSI National Youth Committee of Chile, Santiago, 2012

The PSI /IMPACT-sponsored project “Young workers in southern cone: from a project to a union policy”, which took place from 2011-2013, helped to strengthen PSI Regional and National Youth Committees in numbers and representation.

PSI affiliates in Turkey intensify campaigns against precarious work

10 February 2013
May Day, Istanbul, 2010

Building the capacity of public service unions in Turkey to confront the negative effects of precarious work, especially on women and young workers, was facilitated through project cooperation. The project "Public sector restructuring and decent work" took place between 2010 and 2012.

Vote for the changes that would make the most difference to your world

04 February 2013

The United Nations and partners want to hear from you! My World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda.

Rosa Pavanelli elected to lead Public Services International

28 November 2012

Italian trade unionist Rosa Pavanelli has been elected as the new leader of the global union federation Public Services International, representing 20 million public service workers in 150 countries. Pavanelli says her vision is founded on “giving PSI new energy, and standing up for justice, solidarity, equality, a fairer and more sustainable world.”

The leadership vote took place during PSI’s 29th World Congress in Durban, South Africa (27-30 November 2012). Danish trade unionist Peter Waldorff had sought re-election as general secretary following one term in office.

Mexico: Labour law reforms approved

13 November 2012

Mexico has approved labour law reforms that will eliminate free and secret votes to elect union leaders.

Finland: Job security for municipal workers

09 November 2012

Municipal employees in Finland have great faith in job sustainability. According to a new book only three per cent of municipal employees fear losing their jobs.