Europe

PSI is represented in Europe by the European Federation of Public Service Unions, based in Brussels. For more on our activities in this region, please see the EPSU website

You can also view a list of European affiliates or contact European regional offices

Towards autonomy and self-determination for persons with autism

03 April 2017
by Becky Wetherington

The 2017 World Autism Awareness Day was marked on 2 April across the world with the theme: towards autonomy and self-determination. National and international policy-makers took the time to lend their voices to the need for provision of care and support for persons with autism. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres captured this spirit in his message for the day, when he said: “Let us ensure that we make available the necessary accommodations and support to persons with autism.”

UNCSW61 comes to an end

31 March 2017
UNCSW61

The Conclusions of the Session 61 of the United Nations Commission on the Legal and Social Status of Women recognised important objectives on PSI's policy agenda, although there were also gaps on issues that the global union will continue to champion tirelessly.

Privatization Watch - 03/2017

30 March 2017

An overview of global trends in privatization of public services. Privatization Watch - Issue 03/2017.

Inspiring campaigning! #TaxJustice for Women's Rights Global Days of Action

27 March 2017

The final week of the #TaxJustice for Women's Rights Global Days of Action has been extremely busy. These have been truly global days of action, as you will see from the photos, events and actions from around the world.

"We stand for public funding of public quality water and sanitation services for realizing women's rights"

22 March 2017

Today, 22 March, World Water Day, PSI's General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli states the importance of tax-funded public water and sanitation for all, but especially for realizing women's rights. In an interview*, Pavanelli talks about the major challenges in achieving this goal.

Global Unions Statement: Support the inclusion and retention of the full and substantive role of the ILO in the UNCSW61 Agreed Conclusions

22 March 2017

Member states at the annual Sessions of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) are currently negotiating ‘Agreed Conclusions’ on this year’s priority theme: ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’.

PSI joins "Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts"

17 March 2017

Public Services International joins key civil society organizations working on migrant rights, refugee rights, experts and international organizations in uplifting the rights of the child into the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees that will be adopted in 2018.

Germany moves closer to safe and effective staffing for health

15 March 2017
"You don't look too good, shall I call the nurse?" "I AM the nurse"

A step further towards safe and effective staffing for health was taken in Germany, in the first week of March. The Federal Ministry of Health's expert committee on hospital nursing staff issued a report stating that quality of patient care is impacted by staffing levels, and called for binding minimal nursing staff levels to ensure safe and effective hospital care.

Ensuring efficient and secure staffing in French public services

15 March 2017
French demo for more health staff

Patients' health, safety and well-being depend primarily on the reliability and accuracy of health staffing methods. This may seem obvious and yet ...

Looming social welfare and healthcare reforms in Finland

15 March 2017
Social care working in Finland

The health and social care sector in Finland is on the pathway to major reforms. Provision of services by the 313 Finnish municipalities are to be transferred to 18 autonomous regions (Social and Healthcare (SOTE) areas) to be created by 2019.

The NHS is in crisis - and it's a disaster of the government's own making

15 March 2017
UNISON member at the 4th March demo

The UK's Conservative government has said enough money is being provided for the National Health Service. But UNISON, with nearly half a million members in healthcare, can see that is simply not true. The cracks in the facade are beginning to show.

European unions: Our health is not for sale!

15 March 2017
European public sector unions at the 2016 day of action

Public sector trade unions will demonstrate actively across Europe on 7 April, World Health Day, in the second action day against commercialisation, market-isation and privatisation of health care. World Health Day has been “chosen by health users and workers, citizen collectives, trade unions and NGOs to demonstrate against Health commodification.”

Women work mobility development & economic justice

10 March 2017

On 16 March at the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) convenes a dialogue integrating strategies and feminist movements. This parallel event will be held at 10:30 am at the Church Center for the United Nations. PSI is co-sponsoring this event. Moradeke Abiodun - Badru, representing PSI affiliate The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), will be speaking on behalf of PSI.

Water is Life. For some, water is profit. PSI says: PEOPLE OVER PROFIT!

09 March 2017
Flush out corporate tax dodgers

For more than 1,000 children every day, water is death. Waterborne diseases kill. It is estimated that half of all hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from waterborne diseases. These are preventable deaths.

Women around the world stand up for social justice. Enough is enough.

08 March 2017

On 8th March this year, we pledge our solidarity with the millions of women in grassroots movements and trade unions around the world in saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! No to racism, xenophobia, homophobia. We demand autonomy and control over our own bodies. Pay equity now! Rights without borders. No more gender-based violence in the workplace and quality public services for all! #IWD2017

Statement: Putting women’s rights to decent work, quality education and quality public services at the heart of the post-2015 Agenda

27 February 2014

Statement submitted to the UNCSW58 by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Education International (EI) and Public Services International (PSI), and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), civil society organisations with consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Statements to the 8th Session of the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

20 February 2014

Public Services International participated in the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, which had its eighth and final stock-taking and information-gathering session 3-7 February 2014 (OWG8), in New York.

Wage-led Growth: An equitable strategy for economic recovery

13 February 2014
Wage-led Growth: An equitable strategy for economic recovery

This original and extensive study published by the ILO examines the causes and consequences associated with the falling wage share and rising inequality in income distribution, relating to both aggregate demand and labour productivity. It presents new empirical and econometric evidence regarding the economic causes and potential impact of changing income distribution.

Resolution 42: Palestinian solidarity: support for the Boycott Disinvestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS)

06 February 2014

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Human rights are not negotiable: support LGBT workers' rights!

05 February 2014
Russian LGBT logo for Olympic Games -  VIXIONS

Educational International (EI) and Public Services International (PSI) join LGBT groups and other human rights defenders in condemning increasing intolerance and attacks on the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Governments the world over appear to be abdicating their duty to protect and advance the human rights of all their citizens, including LGBT people.

Austerity – exposing the confidence myth

21 January 2014

Launching the Annual Growth Survey in November, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso told us: “The return of growth shows that our policies are working. That is why, in this year’s Annual Growth Survey, we keep the same five priorities as we had last year.” And a year earlier he said: "It is crucial to stick to our strategy of growth-friendly fiscal consolidation, economic reforms and targeted investments. This is the only way to restore confidence and create lasting growth.”

Presentation: Worker's Capital and Economic Organising

08 January 2014

Presentation at the PSI/FES Forum on Pensions and Social Security by Colin Meech, UNISON, UK.

Developments in pension fund investment and trade union responses

08 January 2014

Public sector pension funds are some of the largest of the capitalised funds in the world. The combined assets of these public sector funds stand at an estimated US $12 trillion. How these funds invest has a direct impact on the members of PSI affiliates and trade union members and workers in all other sectors in Asia/Pacific and across the world. This paper sets out a summary of the key developments in pension fund governance and the stewardship of the assets that are purchased, looking at the UK’s corporate governance and stewardship systems.

PSI Statement: December 18 - International Migrants Day

12 December 2013

Public Services International joins the international community in commemorating the millions of migrant workers and their families all over the world and re-affirming our commitment to uphold their dignity and human rights.

Impacts of the financial and economic crisis and of austerity measures on health-care systems, on the health workforce and on patients in Europe

05 December 2013

This paper describes the impact of the financial and economic crisis, as well as austerity measures on the health care systems, the health workforce and patients.

Public Services for the Public Good: PSI statement on the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA)

02 December 2013

Universal quality public services and decent work are goals of economic development, to which international trade is but a means. Trade treaty rules should not force privatisation, nor interfere with the restoration or expansion of public services, where experiments with private provision fail or are rejected by democratically-elected governments. Trade treaties must not close policy space or inhibit innovation in public service provision.

Global Unions Statement of Priorities for the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference

28 November 2013

In the wake of the on-going economic crisis brought on in no small measure by the same de-regulatory forces that champion trade liberalisation, there is a real opportunity for the global community to re-think existing trade rules and arrangements. World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) accords have adversely impacted farmers and workers and they have reduced policy and regulatory space needed to actively promote decent jobs and quality public services.

PSI Statement on the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference

27 November 2013

The results of decades of corporate-led globalisation are clear for the majority of the world. Unemployment continues to afflict millions and is especially acute for the world’s youth. Inequality is growing and quality public services and labour rights are being undermined. Liberalisation of and financial speculation in commodities markets has produced ruinous price fluctuations for food and shortages that create untold harm and avoidable loss of life. The global economic crisis caused by the reckless and unregulated actions of the private financial markets has created untold suffering for workers and is now being used as the reason to implement punitive and misguided austerity programmes.

Communiqué: Public Services International Steering Committee SC-17

25 November 2013
PSI Steering Committee and staff, November 2013

Angered by the continuing attacks on public services and the workers who provide these services, distressed by the rising inequality across the world and the failure of the current economic system to provide jobs, particularly for young people, the Steering Committee reiterated its commitments to the 2013-2017 Programme of Action “Social Justice through Quality Public Services” and endorsed priority actions for 2014.

Work-related violence and its integration into existing surveys

20 November 2013

Statistical measurement of violence at the workplace has been neglected, states a new ILO report presented at the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians, held in Geneva, 2-11 October 2013.