Asia Pacific

PSI's Asia and Pacific region covers 122 unions in 22 countries and related territories with a membership of two million workers. The regional office is based in Singapore. Contact the regional offices.

Historic UN resolution urges States to regulate education providers and support public education

12 July 2016
Photo: teacher & student. Creative Commons - Global Partnership for Education

PSI welcomes the new resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council urging States to regulate education providers and invest in public education - specifically to “address any negative impacts of the commercialization of education". The resolution was adopted by consensus of the 47 member States of the UNHRC, signalling the strength of the support for the resolution.

Call for support to the academics threatened to be imprisoned

08 July 2016
Academics for Peace

Turkish scholars have been subject to heavy pressures and constraints since the declaration of the petition “We’ll not be a party to this crime” launched by the Academics for Peace initiative in mid-January.

KCTU President sentenced to 5 years

04 July 2016
Seoul, Korea - court

On 4 July in Seoul, the court sentenced Mr Han, Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), to imprisonment for a term of 5 years and an additional fine of 500,000 KRW (392 EUR).

Urgent action: solidarity with Vice President of KPTU in Korea

01 July 2016
Cho Sung-deok

PSI calls all its affiliates to support the Korean Public Services and Transportation Workers Union (KPTU) Vice President, Cho Sung-deok, who is facing trial in Korea and for whom the prosecutor’s office requested a prison sentence of 5 years.

Rosa Pavanelli speaks to over 3000 delegates at the ‪Teamsters 2016‬ conference

29 June 2016
Rosa Pavanelli

PSI's General Secretary was invited to speak on the need to fight bad trade agreements - like TPP, TTIP, TiSA and CETA - at the 29th Teamsters International Convention.

Korean unionists protest against government plans for performance-related pay and dismissals

23 June 2016

On June 18, PSI affiliates (KPTU, FKPIU, KHMU) and other public and financial unions held a national rally protesting the government's unilateral imposition of a performance-related salary and dismissal system on the public institutions.

Defending public services together!

21 June 2016

On the occasion of UN Public Service Day, on the 23rd of June, Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary, says "we need to ensure multinationals pay their fair share of tax and that governments use this revenue to drive public sector growth through investment in universal, quality public services".

We all have the responsibility to protect refugees, respect human rights and uphold our humanity

17 June 2016

“As we commemorate World Refugee Day, we are deeply alarmed by the escalating violence and conflicts in many parts of the world, along with a culture of indifference, fear and intolerance which is increasingly permeating our societies,” says Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of PSI.

Turkey: DISK Secretary General detained by police

17 June 2016
Arzu Çerkezoğlu and Rosa Pavanelli in a demonstration in 2015

DISK Secretary General, Arzu Çerkezoğlu, was detained by police in Istanbul airport on 17 June, purportedly for “insulting Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan”. Though later released, this does not change the fact that trade union rights and civil liberties are violated on a daily basis in a country “candidate” to join the EU.

United Nations General Assembly High Level Summit on Large Flows of Migrants and Refugees

17 June 2016

On 19 September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a “High Level Summit on Large Flows of Migrants and Refugees” at the UN in New York. The summit will call for a Global Compact on responsibility-sharing for refugees, which includes a comprehensive response plan on refugees and the strengthening of the global governance of migration.

Korean workers and activists demonstrate in Geneva

15 June 2016

Workers and human rights activists from Korea demonstrated on 15 June 2016 in front of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, while awaiting the report from the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association after his visit to Korea on 20-26 April this year.

PSI condemns attack against LGBTI community in Orlando

13 June 2016

PSI stands in solidarity with the families of LGBTI people killed and hurt in the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this 12th of June – leaving 50 people dead and 53 injured in what is being considered the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Speech by Rosa Pavanelli at the ILC 2016

06 June 2016
Rosa Pavanelli

Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of Public Services International (PSI), addresses the participants at the 105th International Labour Conference in Geneva on Monday 6 June 2016.

The road to Quito: workers and decent employment must be at the heart of the New Global Agenda!

06 June 2016
H III

The countdown for Habitat III - the UN conference that is expected to set out the new guidelines for urban policies - has begun. The ‘United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development ’ – as it is officially called - will take place in Quito, Ecuador, 17 – 20 October 2016.

Bad Investments: Trading Away the Right to Energy Democracy

04 June 2016

The recent release by Wikileaks of documents relating to the "Trade in Services Agreement" (TiSA) - currently being negotiated in secret in Geneva - has brought a new round of scrutiny not only to the TiSA, but also to the sweeping effort to re-write international trade and investment rules of which it constitutes just a part.

Statement: Putting women’s rights to decent work, quality education and quality public services at the heart of the post-2015 Agenda

27 February 2014

Statement submitted to the UNCSW58 by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Education International (EI) and Public Services International (PSI), and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), civil society organisations with consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Statements to the 8th Session of the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

20 February 2014

Public Services International participated in the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, which had its eighth and final stock-taking and information-gathering session 3-7 February 2014 (OWG8), in New York.

A passport to worker and union rights in Australia

17 February 2014
Passport

If you are working as a nurse in New South Wales (NSW) this passport will help you find out how to join the NSW Nurses’ Association.

Wage-led Growth: An equitable strategy for economic recovery

13 February 2014
Wage-led Growth: An equitable strategy for economic recovery

This original and extensive study published by the ILO examines the causes and consequences associated with the falling wage share and rising inequality in income distribution, relating to both aggregate demand and labour productivity. It presents new empirical and econometric evidence regarding the economic causes and potential impact of changing income distribution.

Human rights are not negotiable: support LGBT workers' rights!

05 February 2014
Russian LGBT logo for Olympic Games -  VIXIONS

Educational International (EI) and Public Services International (PSI) join LGBT groups and other human rights defenders in condemning increasing intolerance and attacks on the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Governments the world over appear to be abdicating their duty to protect and advance the human rights of all their citizens, including LGBT people.

Youth to Youth - Bulletin 2014

31 January 2014

YOUTH TO YOUTH is the Asia Pacific Electronic news bulletin for young members in the region. It is published five times a year by the Public Services International Asia and Pacific Regional Organisation (PSI APRO).

International trade union mission in South Korea: High-level mission statement

21 January 2014

On 17-20 January 2014, a high-level international delegation, including TUAC, ITUC, PSI and ITF, took part in a four-day mission to look into the current situation of human and trade union rights in Korea. The mission confirmed what was feared, that under the current administration the government was engaging in a wave of intense repression against labour and civil society of the kind not seen in recent years and which threatens to hollow-out the country’s democracy.

Presentation: Australian unions and superannuation

08 January 2014

Presentation at the PSI/FES Forum on Pensions and Social Security by Anna Claude, Director, Campaign Strategy, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, Australia

Presentation: National social security system in Indonesia

08 January 2014

Presentation at the PSI/FES Forum on Pensions and Social Security by Mr. Agus Toniman, Vice President KSPI, Indonesia

Presentation: Pension Program Overview (Indonesia)

08 January 2014

Presentation at the PSI/FES Forum on Pensions and Social Security by Mr Abdurahma Irsyadi, General Secretary, JAMSOSTEK Employees Union, Indonesia.

Presentation: Fiji National Provident Fund

08 January 2014

Presentation at the PSI/FES Forum on Pensions and Social Security by Rajeshwar Singh, General Secretary, Fiji Public Service Association

Energy in India: Private investment not a panacea for all ills

07 January 2014

This article, published in India Together, outlines some of the key areas that need to be focused on, in order to make the country's energy sector genuinely healthy and inclusive. In particular, it identifies areas that need improvement and special attention beyond attracting private investment, namely energy access, environmental management and governance.

Asia Pacific News Bulletin 2013

30 December 2013

Asia Pacific news is published and electronically distributed five times a year by Public Services International Asia and Pacific Regional Organisation (PSI APRO).

Thai Migrant Workers' Network statement on International Migrants' Day

19 December 2013

The State Enterprise Workers' Relation Confederation of Thailand (SERC) and Migrant Workers Right Network (MWRN) recognise the significant contribution of international migrants in Thailand and have organised joint activities to campaign for protection of migrants' rights and to develop migrant quality of life to the same level as Thai workers.

PSI Statement: December 18 - International Migrants Day

12 December 2013

Public Services International joins the international community in commemorating the millions of migrant workers and their families all over the world and re-affirming our commitment to uphold their dignity and human rights.