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Guidance to PSI unions on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa

11 August 2014

11 August 2014. Public Services International affiliated health workers’ unions in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone first warned their employers, their governments and the media of the threat of Ebola virus disease (EBV) early in 2014. Five months later, faced with the spread of the disease, including new cases in Nigeria - and the danger to health care workers in particular, the international community is mobilising. And these same health workers’ unions, as well as those in other countries, stand ready to support efforts to stop the spread.

PSI calls on its affiliates to stand up for the rights of young workers and their mental health!

05 August 2014

The theme of International Youth Day, 12 August 2014 is “Youth and Mental Health.” Public Services International (PSI) takes this opportunity to call on young workers to get involved in the trade union movement and on trade unions to reach out to youth.

Harris v. Quinn: PSI stands with all unions in the USA in the fight for social justice

03 July 2014
Scenes showing home care workers and their clients outside the Harris v. Quinn press conference at Supreme Court - Washington, DC - Photo by David Sachs / SEIU

Public Services International (PSI) condemns the continuing attacks on trade union rights for public sector workers in the USA. The conservative majority of the US Supreme Court this week, in Harris v. Quinn, attacked the rights of home care workers and invites further legal challenges. This decision is the result of years of plotting, manipulating and massive financing from neo-conservative pressure groups. It demonstrates the growing corporate power in the USA, and confirms their strategy of undermining all trade unions.

Wikileaks confirms TISA alarm raised by PSI

19 June 2014

For immediate release – 19 June 2014 - Wikileaks release today confirms alarm raised by Public Services International:

Wikileaks today released secret draft text from the Trades in Services Agreement negotiations that confirms the concerns first raised by the global trade union Public Services International in the recent ground-breaking report ‘TISA versus Public Services'.

Public Services International calls for the right to strike in a global action

12 June 2014
Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary addresses the event in Geneva

Led by members of the global union federation Public Services International (PSI), trade union leaders from around the world joined in a ‘Route of Shame’ on Wednesday 4 June to call for the right to strike for all workers and shame countries that consistently violate workers’ and trade union rights, in Geneva and 10 other cities around the world.
PSI affiliates organised ‘Route of Shame’ actions in Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Paraguay, Panama, Peru and South Korea. PSI Youth Committees took the lead in Chile and Paraguay, whereas in Peru the action coincided with a day of national strike.

ITUC delegates give a resounding “No” to Trans Pacific Partnership

22 May 2014

In a poll taken at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Congress in Berlin, Germany, 90% of the voters overwhelmingly rejected the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal, supporting the statement that “the TPP should not go ahead and must be scrapped.”

Press release: Ride for workers’ rights and social justice follows ‘Route of Shame 2014’

22 May 2014
Rosa Pavanelli during Route of Shame 2013

Led by members of the global union federation Public Services International (PSI), trade union leaders from around the world will join in a ‘Route of Shame’ bicycle ride Wednesday 4 June and visit missions and embassies in Geneva, Switzerland to draw attention to countries which consistently violate workers’ rights. In other cities around the world, PSI affiliates are organizing similar actions.