In a recent article in a major daily newspaper in Jamaica, O’Neil Grant, president of PSI affiliate, the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) painted a picture that has many duplicates across the Caribbean. Precarious work is becoming more of a norm than an exception in all sectors of work.
The heavy flooding last week in Texas and in parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal is causing significant loss of life and livelihood and major damage to communities. PSI joins all in sending condolences to those affected, and expresses concern about the growing frequency and intensity of such storms and the capacity of public emergency services to cope.
Three years ago, the PSI Women’s Committee in Chile decided to support this struggle with a range of actions, including lobbying parliament, visits to the national congress, alliances with women’s organisations and raising the profile of this issue in the street and in the press.
PSI has sent a solidarity letter to its affiliates in Sierra Leone following the devastating mudslide that took place on 14 August near Freetown. This is one of Africa's worst flooding-related disasters in years killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless.
Many trade unions have already clearly stated that they will not participate in the ILO European Regional Meeting in Istanbul in 2-5 October this year due to the worsening situation regarding freedom of speech and violation of fundamental labour and human rights in Turkey.