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Vision Statement for a PSI Educational Support Workers Network

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.

These alarming trends can only be reversed through concerted action, and PSI can support affiliates in that important work by formalizing a structure for communications and exchanges between educational support workers and their unions.  As called upon by Resolution #33, which was resoundingly approved at the PSI World Congress in Durban, South Africa, this network can help by surveying affiliates to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing them and PSI, encouraging solidarity with those affiliates struggling to assert and exercise their rights, supporting those affiliates actively organizing and mobilizing education support workers, conducting strategic research on the global political and private sector interests responsible for the attacks on public sector jobs and unions, and coordinating campaigns with international and national labor organizations prepared to defend the rights and interests of educational support workers around the world.

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