On 19 September, healthcare workers organised a mass protest in Kiev in which more than 1,500 people took part. Among their basic demands are the increase in healthcare subvention of almost 4 billion UAH, higher wages and payment of arrears, and reform of the healthcare system in compliance with the Constitution and legislation. The trade unions also want their voice to be heard.
Civil society organisations, trade unions, public water operators together with International Steering committee members of GWOPA jointly send the open letter to the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT concerning the recent attempt to undermine GWOPA's core purpose, origin and history.
The Global Labour University Online Academy on https://glu.iversity.org/ is pioneering cross-country online education for trade unionists, researchers and experts from the world of work. This course on Fair Wage Strategies in a Global Economy offers global networking, theory and practical skills for trade unionists on the economics of wages, collective bargaining, minimum wages and strategies to achieve fair wages.
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.
2016 has been a year of momentous change across the world. This changing environment provides great threats, but also great opportunities where we are organised, mobilised and provide leadership for our unique vision.
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.
First responders, firefighters, police and security forces, ambulance drivers, nurses, doctors and other medical staff, municipal workers and so many more public workers rushed in to secure, safe, help and care in unsecure and often dangerous situations. We applaud their work.