There is increasing awareness amongst working people that the current system does not work in their interests and anger that their voices are not being heard. Harnessing this anger for positive change is our great challenge. Failing to do so risks that these workers will become cynical and disengaged – or worse radicalised by the extreme right.
Unions, and public service unions in particular, are well placed to promote the alternative vision and organisation that is now so urgently needed. We have a strong presence in our national union centres, good connections to civil society and an innate understanding of the value of quality public services, the functioning of democracy and the role of the state.
In 2016 PSI has built upon our previous successes and continues to re-orient ourselves to step up our campaigning and advocacy work. Amongst our achievements this year PSI, with our affiliates and allies, have: