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No Trade in Public Services

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.

Anti-TISA demonstration, Geneva, 28 April 2014

26 May 2014

On 28 April 2014, Public Services International, together with Swiss trade unions and civil society organisations, held a demonstration in front of the Australian mission in Geneva.

Fighting corporate privilege in trade and investment

23 May 2014

On 13–15 May 2014, representatives from 45 civil society and trade union organisations from every continent met in Istanbul to discuss and plan action to deal with the latest attacks on the public good, launched by multinational corporations (MNCs) through global trade agreements. The meeting focussed on how new clauses are being introduced into trade agreements to allow MNCs to sue governments if a government has taken action that limits the profit of the MNC.

ITUC delegates give a resounding “No” to Trans Pacific Partnership

22 May 2014

In a poll taken at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Congress in Berlin, Germany, 90% of the voters overwhelmingly rejected the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal, supporting the statement that “the TPP should not go ahead and must be scrapped.”

Why unions must stop the new free trade deals

22 May 2014

Watch this short video of Nick Crook, International Officer with PSI affiliate UNISON (UK), who gives specific examples of the threats the TTIP and TISA trade deals pose to public services. Recorded 21 May 2014 at the EPSU Congress in Toulouse, France.

World Health Organization Director-General slams trade agreements

21 May 2014

Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director General, said in her opening address at the World Health Assembly (WHA67) on Monday 19 May 2014, “something is fundamentally wrong in this world when a corporation can challenge government policies introduced to protect the public from a product that kills.”

Photos: Anti-TISA demonstration in Geneva

06 May 2014

On 28 April 2014, Public Services International, together with Swiss trade unions and civil society organisations, held a demonstration in front of the Australian mission in Geneva. The Australian mission was the venue of the secret negotiations for the TISA (Trade in Services Agreement) which governments are pushing and which will make it easier for big multinational companies to take over vital public services, such as health care and education, which you and your family rely on. For more information: see our web pages

PSI at the anti-TISA demonstration in Geneva, 28 April 2014

29 April 2014

On 28 April, Public Services International, together with Swiss trade unions and civil society organisations, held a demonstration in front of the Australian mission in Geneva.