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Africa & Arab countries

Africa and Arab countries form one of the four regions in the PSI structure. Our 153 affiliated organisations in some 43 countries represent a membership of around 1.5 million people here. The regional secretariat is based in Lomé, Togo. Contact our regional offices.

Political will is required to get rid of malaria

25 April 2018

On Wednesday 25 April, PSI affiliates join the World Health Organization (WHO), governments, and civil society organisations to observe the World Malaria Day 2018. The day serves to provide information on the year-long implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.

Addressing gender biases and inequities in the health and social care workforce is critical to achieving the SDGs

24 April 2018

PSI’s updated research “Tackling Violence in the Health Sector - A Trade Union Response” was highlighted in a webinar held on March 5 by the WHO’s Global Health Workforce Network (GWHN) thematic hub on Gender Equity in the Health and Social Workforce. The updated publication was one of four submissions in the webinar that showcased the wide range of research, policies and actions to achieve gender-transformative change in the health and social workforce.

Financing for Development (FfD) forum (New York)

24 April 2018

PSI is participating in the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD) at the United Nations in New York (23-26 April), represented by Helene Davis-Whyte (JALGO, Jamaica) and Richard Amparbeng (PSWU, Ghana) with the support of Sandra Vermuyten, PSI Head of Campaigns.

Health for All campaign in West Africa

20 April 2018

The West Africa Health Sector Unions’ Network (WAHSUN) launched its Health for All West in Africa Campaign, in Abuja, Nigeria on 10 April 2018. This is the sub-regional momentum of the PSI global campaign for the Right to Health.

Striking nurses win in Delhi, India!

19 April 2018

After a 9 day strike, nurses at the Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Delhi, India have successfully won better pay, conditions and nurse to patient ratios.

PSI statement on UNCSW62

18 April 2018

Union women from around the world attended the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62), which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12-23 March 2018.

86 CSOs sign open letter on PPPs to World Bank Executive Directors

17 April 2018

Among several demands to government representatives at World Bank Board of Directors, Civil Society Organisations call on them to declare a moratorium on funding and promoting Public-Private Partnerships until an independent review is available.

Stop attacks on human rights in Algeria: Sign the petition!

17 April 2018

The Algerian Government is trampling the Human Rights of its people. We invite all PSI affiliates to join our campaign and to sign the petition to stop government attacks on human rights in Algeria.

PSI South East Asia defines strategies to implement Programme of Action 2018-2022

17 April 2018

Affiliates from member countries Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand committed to support the subregional and regional priorities and action plan.

Protection of fundamental labour rights in free trade agreements (FTAs): A total failure?

16 April 2018

Free trade agreements (FTAs) contain a labour chapter, including a grievance mechanism for examining labour complaints that could ultimately sanction the offending party. But there is debate over whether the link between trade and labour provisions is positive, or if it weakens international protection for workers.

PSI Warns Governments Against Privatization Attempts in Africa: “PPPs Only Another Face of Corruption"

16 April 2018

PSI affiliates in Nigeria in collaboration with the Environmental Rights Action and Friends of the Earth Nigeria held a workshop in Lagos on 3-4 April. Representatives from Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda also attended the meeting.

Tackling gender-based violence in the world of work – experiences in the health sector

16 April 2018

PSI is pleased to present the updated report entitled “Tackling Violence in the Health Sector - A Trade Union Response”, a consolidated research effort first released in 2016. The 2018 updated version of the study integrates the latest achievements of our affiliated unions in the health sector.

In Germany, Ver.di Calls for Token Strike: More than 45,000 Workers Taking Part

13 April 2018
Photo: Daniel Pilar/Ver.di

There have been strikes in a total of eleven Länder and in nearly all federal and municipal public service sectors and institutions. On Friday 13 April too, work stoppages are taking place in many public service sectors and institutions.

In India, nationwide support for Nurses' Strike at KVM Hospital in Kerala

13 April 2018

On 6 April, the United Nurses Association (UNA) released an open letter to the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan that demands a fair resolution to the industrial dispute at KVM Hospital in Cherthala, Alappuzha. For more than 6 months, nurses from KVM have been on an indefinite strike demanding for statutory wages and better working conditions. UNA is the union representing the KVM nurses.

Unacceptable and Unfair Treatment of UN Staff based in Bangkok

12 April 2018
Photo: Pong-sul Ahn

If changes are implemented, Bangkok will be the first UN station in the world with three tiers of staffing. This follows a review in 2011 that reduced salaries of local staff in Bangkok by 22%.

Still Broken

09 November 2015

Governments must do more to fix the international corporate tax system
New research shows that the gap between where companies pay tax and where they really do their business is huge. In 2012, US multinationals alone shifted $500–700bn, mostly to countries where these profits are not taxed, or taxed at very low rates. G20 countries themselves are among the biggest losers. The measures recently announced by the OECD leave the fundamentals of a broken tax system intact and do not stop the race to the bottom in corporate taxation. G20 governments must do more and should strongly support further reforms.

Joint statement to the UNCSW60

04 November 2015

Joint statement submitted by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Education International (EI), Public Services International (PSI) and International Transport Federation (ITF), civil society organisations with consultative status at the Economic and Social Council to the upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW60).

Reports from pension fund meetings, September 2015

28 October 2015
Hands holding coins and two leaves

A number of PSI affiliates are concerned about pension fund investments in privatization, a process that is likely to increase under pressure from the G-20 and the OECD. These two documents describe the on-going work related to investment practices and policies of capitalized pension funds.

PSI sectors critical to implementing climate change policies

08 October 2015

Regardless of the outcomes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference negotiations in Paris, 30 November-10 December 2015, public sector workers need to be directly involved in finding and implementing the solutions to the climate crisis.

Presentations and report from the Women's seminar at AFRECON

01 October 2015

On Wednesday 22nd September 2015, the AFRECON 2015 Women’s meeting was held to discuss priority campaigns on gender equality and the way forward.

PSI and UNI Global Union call for an international labour standard for the protection of whistleblowers

29 September 2015
PSI and UNI Global Union Strategy Meeting on Fighting Corruption

On 16 September 2015, Public Services International and UNI Global Union held a strategy meeting at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva to build co-operation between the global union federations to fight corruption and secure whistleblower protection at work.

Trade Union Violations in the Africa & Arab regions (AFRECON)

24 September 2015

Trade union rights violations are widespread in Africa and the Mena region, ranging from highly restrictive legislation on the right to organize in the public sector, interference in collective bargaining agreements, heavy fines and imprisonment for trade union activities and strikes.

Poster: We won't wait another 20 years!

22 September 2015
PSI poster - We won't wait another 20 years

Posters produced for the Women's seminar meeting prior to the 12th Regional Conference for Africa and Arab countries.

Precarious work in Africa

21 September 2015

Globally, studies have shown that initial impact of the global economic crisis on employment, left over 27 million people without work. Where jobs are available, precarious employments have replaced standardized employments. Women are disproportionately affected by these precarious employments.

Briefing on BEPS implications for developing countries

10 September 2015

Many commentators have long recognized that the international tax system is broken, especially in relation to corporate taxation. A major effort has now begun to try to fix it. This is being led by developed countries, but it has major implications for developing countries,

Comments by TUAC on the OECD action plan on BEPS

09 September 2015

On 19 July 2013, the OECD published its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). This paper presents the broad features of the Action Plan including examples of aggressive tax planning schemes.

Trade Union Rights and Challenges for Public Services Unions in the MENA and African Region

09 September 2015

The political, economic and cultural circumstances on the African continent are characterised by hugely variegated conditions. Africa has huge disparities in the distribution of wealth, concentrations of private and public investment, labour and democratic participation.

AFRECON 2015 Information Brochure

09 September 2015

You will find in this brochure general and practical information about Botswana in preparation for the Regional Conference and related meetings.

Africa Regional Activities Report 2010-2014

09 September 2015

The PSI World Congress held in Durban in 2012 adopted a new Programme of Action aiming at making the organisation more responsive to the needs of affiliates and improving its visibility on the global stage.

Forum Against Corruption in Latin America

09 December 2013

The public often perceives corruption in public services above all as a phenomenon of individual public service employees taking bribes for delivering services or favours to individual citizens. Many citizens of the wealthy and more developed nations believe that corruption is particularly a problem of politicians in poor or developing countries. However, these are only some aspects of corruption, and focussing on them alone obscures the fundamental problem of corruption as a challenge for societies all around the world.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2013

PSI is calling on all its affiliate members, men and women, to make a pledge to end violence against women and girls, at each of their workplaces around the globe. Violence against women is an age-old problem – it is time to end it now.

PSI Communicators' Action Network - Greece 4-8 November 2013

05 November 2013

An expert team of affiliate union journalists and communicators from around the world are gathering for the PSI-EPSU Communicators’ Action Network initiative in Athens, Greece from 4-8 November. This is a joint project of PSI and EPSU, together with our affiliate unions, ADEDY, and allies in Greece. Read the stories: www.psi-can-greece.org

World Day for Decent Work 2013

03 October 2013

On 7 October we celebrate the World Day for Decent Work. Public Services International (PSI) joins the international trade union movement in demanding decent work for all and an end to the continuous attacks on trade union rights around the world. We want jobs that provide decent salaries and social security with safe working conditions.

PSI Workshop at the WTO Forum

27 September 2013
Someone typing on a computer

PSI has been selected to run a workshop at the WTO Annual forum where we can explain to Ambassadors and trade negotiators from all over the globe why the TISA hurts quality public services.

UCLG World summit of local and regional leaders

11 September 2013

The  second UCLG World Summit of local and regional leaders will be held in Rabat, Morocco, 1-4 October 2013. This event coincides with the one hundredth anniversary of the international municipal movement, and is an opportunity for sharing and exchange between Africa and the rest of the world. The Congress in Rabat will allow participants to take part in the work that will be launched on the future of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Post-2015 and the definition of a new world urban agenda in the framework of Habitat III in 2016.

Event: Peoples’ Global Action on Migration and Development

29 August 2013

The 2013 People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA) is an independent civil society and grassroots event held in conjunction with the 2013 UN High Level Dialogue on Migration & Development (HLD).

Preparatory panel event to the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development

29 August 2013

The Global Unions, including PSI, will be holding a preparatory panel event to the UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development on 2nd October: “Migration and Development: A Decent Work Issue.”

Event: High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD)

29 August 2013

For only the second time ever, United Nations’ Member States are organizing a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD). The HLD 2013 will bring together high level representatives of governments, including heads of state, ministers, vice-ministers and senior officials in a series of plenary sessions and four round tables.

International Youth Day

12 August 2013

PSI Interamericas LGBT Regional Committee Meeting

08 July 2013
LGBT meeting Brazil

This is the first meeting of the LGBT Committee of ISP-Americas held for the creation of a Committee as specified in “The Promotion of Equal opportunities for LGBT Workers in the Public Sector in Brazil and the Inter-Americas”. The meeting took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 27-28 June 2013.

LGBT trade union planning and coordination meeting

08 July 2013
Logo PSI LGBT worldoutgames

This summer, PSI-EI will re-launch joint LGBT activities by organizing a trade union planning and coordination meeting at the International Trade Union House on 30 July in Brussels (5, Boulevard Albert II, 1210 Brussels, 14:00-17:30). This meeting is the day before the Human Rights Conference (HRC) of the Outgames in Antwerp, 31 July-2 August 2013.

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Photos: WOC and Women's Caucus

27 November 2012

See the 2012 Pre-congress Women's Committee and Women's Caucus photos on Flickr

Photo gallery: Launch of Migrant Desk in Johannesburg, South Africa

12 September 2012

The Migrant Desk will provide information, counselling, organizing, support services and networking for migrants, prospective migrants and returning migrants.

GFMD Civil Society Days

06 December 2011

At the 2011 meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development Civil Society Days, held in Geneva on 29-30 November 2011, civil society groups demonstrated in front of the UN Building in Gene

Human Rights League of Tunisia (LTDH)

24 November 2011

PSI Communicators' Action Network visits the Human Rights League of Tunisia (Ligue Tunisienne pour la défense des droits de l'Homme, Nov 3, 2011. Photo: Maria Wattne

Video: Tunisian agricultural workers protesting corruption

24 November 2011

PSI Communicators' Action Network reporting from union activities in Tunis, Tunisia, November 2, 2011

Preventing Hepatitis

22 November 2011

“Preventing Hepatitis” addresses the specific need to vaccinate healthcare workers against Hepatitis A & B in less than 2 minutes.

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The Essential Sharp Sense

22 November 2011

This is a 4 minute summary of the 17 minute video SHARP SENSE produced by the global union federation Public Services International.

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Sharp Sense: Promoting the safety of health care workers

17 November 2011

Healthcare workers face the risk every day of exposure to bloodborne pathogens because of needlestick injuries. In this short video, a nurse, an HIV/AIDS counsellor and an HIV/AIDS physician share their personal experiences with needlestick injuries.

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Bankable versus taxable

04 November 2011

Interview with David Boys (Public Services International and appointed to the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation - UNSGAB) at the Water Operators' Partnerships conference in Amsterdam, 2 November 2011.

Video: World Social Forum Dakar 2011

28 June 2011

PSI utilities officer David Boys tells us about the nature and mechanisms of worldwide privatization of key public services such as water, energy, waste treatment and pension funds in an interview at the 2011 World Social Forum in Dakar.

The Way Forward - Voices from the Global Water Operator Partnership Alliance

22 March 2011

GWOPA brings together public water operators, trade unions, workers and civil society on a platform to discuss, learn and develop model practices for the provision of fair and equal access to public water.