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.

What is the point of development if social progress is not made?

16 July 2015

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) held in Addis Ababa is taking place at a challenging time.The world economy is still struggling to recover fully from the global financial and economic crisis that erupted in 2008.

New TISA leaks confirm PSI concerns on deregulation and secrecy

30 June 2015
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PSI, 1 July 2015 – Yet another series of leaks confirm PSI’s repeated concerns on the restriction of governments’ right to regulate in the public interest as well as underlining the lack of transparency surrounding the Trade In Service Agreement (TISA) negotiations.

Nurses and healthcare workers speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

30 June 2015
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PSI, Geneva, 30 June - Nurses, midwives and healthcare workers from the across the Pacific, Latin America and North America condemn the controversial TPP trade deal.

Massive leak of TISA trade documents “highlights madness of secrecy”

02 June 2015
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The largest ever leak of negotiating documents from the controversial Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) highlights the madness of secrecy and provides no comfort for users of public services.

Public services unions of the Americas are on the offensive against new international trade agreements

23 April 2015

Public services unions across the Americas are determined to oppose the new wave of trade agreements driven by corporate interests and negotiated in secret. On 23 April, in Mexico City, the first regional demonstration to oppose TPP, TTIP, CETA and TISA.

EU Parliaments must remain vigilant on international agreements

21 April 2015

Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of Public Services International (PSI) addressed the Conference of Speakers of European Union's Parliaments, on 21 April in Rome, in a session about the role of Parliaments in trade agreements currently under discussion.

Global Day of Action on Trade and Investment Treaties

14 April 2015
Photo: Creative Commons - MehrDemokratie - Charlie Rutz

A coalition of civil society groups and unions around the world has organised a global day of action on 18 April to demonstrate against the negotiation of harmful trade agreements. PSI endorses this day of action and encourages affiliates to participate.