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Australia

Australian union delegation visits Unison, UK

18 October 2013

PSI affiliate unions from the UK and Australia got together on 4th October when a delegation from the Australian Services Union (ASU) visited UNISON North West's offices in Manchester, UK.

Anti-corruption

26 September 2013

Corruption is one of the sicknesses of our society. PSI believes that one of the best alternatives to austerity and cuts to public spending is to seriously fight against corruption. We also link this new PSI campaign against corruption to the fight for global tax justice.

Unmasking Austerity: Lessons for Australia

15 Aug 2013

This report by Dexter Whitfield was prepared for the Don Dunstan Foundation and Public Service Association of South Australia and published by the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre, University of Adelaide.
It documents why austerity failed and its disastrous economic and social effects in Europe and North America and highlights why Australia should not adopt these policies.

No Trade in Public Services

31 July 2013

The recent wave of trade agreements are direct threats to the provision of Quality Public Services. These new agreements encourage privatisation, restrict governments’ ability to regulate in the public interest and create new and powerful rights for large multinational corporations. They are also a threat to democracy and accountability of government. They are being negotiated in secret, without proper consultation and will bind future governments, often regardless of the decisions of national elections, parliaments and courts. PSI urges all affiliates to understand the implications and join our allies to oppose the harmful effects of these agreements.

Australia: NSW nurses and midwives vow to continue ratios campaign

25 July 2013
Nurses demonstrating. Banner says "Nurse ratios save lives"

Following the day of strike action on 24 July, thousands of nurses from 180 NSW hospitals have voted to launch a fresh round of industrial action in their fight for patient-staff ratios. Three thousand nurses and midwives in Sydney, and 2000 in regional centres, voted on Wednesday to continue their campaign on September 17.

Australia: NSW nurses and midwives to strike on 24 July

22 July 2013
Nurses demonstrating with banner "Nurse ratios save lives"

Nurses and midwives in New South Wales will strike on Wednesday 24 July over the O'Farrell Government's failure to improve and extend safer nurse-to-patient ratios. They are angry that the NSW Government is using its dictatorial industrial relations laws and court action to enforce a sub-standard award.

LGBT Workers

06 June 2013

PSI is committed to equality for all irrespective of sex, marital status, ethnic origin, national identity, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion, at the workplace, in trade unions and in the broader political, social, economic and cultural context. LGBT workers’ rights are trade union rights, and trade union rights are human rights. Trade unions are committed to fight against discrimination and for an inclusive non-violent society.

PSI at the International Labour Conference (ILC)

14 May 2013

The 107th Session of the International Labour Conference will be held at the Palais des Nations and the ILO headquarters, in Geneva, from 28 May to 8 June 2018. PSI will be working in close cooperation with its affiliates and the Workers’ Group at the ILC to make the voices of public sector workers heard!

Australia: Electricity unions launch campaign to keep NSW electricity network in public hands

09 April 2013

PSI Australian affiliates - ASU - USU Branch and ETU launched a multi-million dollar community campaign against a proposal by the O'Farrell Government to sell the state's electricity poles and wires monopoly to pay for unfunded election commitments.

Australia: Government does not support electricity privatisation

14 December 2012

The Australian Government published their Energy White Paper in early November. In a clarifying letter to the Australian Services Union, the Prime Minister confirms that she does not support privatisation of electricity.