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.

Privatization Watch survey

11 May 2016
PSI has launched a bi-weekly privatization newsletter – Privatization Watch – which collects news from around the world on privatization in water, health, energy, education, municipal and other government services, PPPs and related issues. Please fill in this very short survey to help us to improve our newsletter and tailor it to your needs.

May Day 2016 - time to reflect on the challenges ahead of us

30 April 2016
May Day March in Melbourne in 2012/Photo: Johan Fantenberg/CC

What can we celebrate on May Day if everywhere, to a greater or lesser extent, we face the precarization of employment, outsourcing, privatization, cuts, the increase of the age of retirement and the rise of pension contributions? When all that governments want is to make layoffs easier or take away our right to freedom of association and to strike?

Work-related stress: what impact in the public services?

28 April 2016
Rosa Pavanelli

Today (28 April) is the "World Day for Safety and Health at Work". In the following interview with ACTRAV/ILO, the General Secretary of Public Services International (PSI), Rosa Pavanelli, explains how workers in the public services are affected by stress.

Why TPP is a bad deal for America and American workers

28 April 2016
STOP the TPP

From the rhetoric of proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade and investment pact between the U.S. and 11 Asia-Pacific countries, it would be easy to conclude that the agreement is an economic panacea for the shrinking middle class and stagnant wages faced by most workers in America. The reality is more sobering: There are good economic reasons to believe that TPP will not only fail to provide the promised benefits but actually make things worse.

Global Water Justice Movement Challenges World Bank's attempt to promote privatization of water through UN SDG Agenda

22 April 2016
Meera Karunananthan speaks at the UN

A letter was sent on 22 April to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon by water justice organizations from around the world expressing deep concerns about a new “high-level” panel convened by the World Bank at the United Nations focusing on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation. 

Billionaire corporations pay lower effective tax rate than your average nurse, new study finds

20 April 2016
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Financial data from 76 of Australia’s largest multinationals has revealed they pay an average effective tax rate of 16.2% – half the corporate tax rate.

World Health Day 2016: Our health is not for sale!

07 April 2016

On Thursday April 7, Public Services International joins in the worldwide celebration of World Health Day.

Austerity is unjustifiable while richest are allowed to dodge taxes: Panama papers highlights hypocrisy

05 April 2016

The curtain has been pulled back. The Panama Papers have exposed the inner workings of a broken tax system for all the world to see. It is no longer possible for our governments to justify austerity when they let the richest avoid paying their fair share of tax.Now the public will be letting governments know that this is just the first step on the road to a more transparent and fairer global tax system.

Private Sector Dominates UNECE Forum on PPPs

01 April 2016
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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has come under fire for a lack of democracy and an almost demagogic bias in favour of the private sector as it tries to set global standards for Public-Private Partnerships.

PSI stresses the failures of PPPs at UN World Water Day event

25 March 2016
David Boys

During the opening session of the event at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, on 22 March, David Boys, PSI Deputy General Secretary, underlined that PSI does not support the reliance on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the water sector.

Support the Korean Education workers' strike on 1st April!

22 March 2016
Poster: Support Education Workers' Strike

On 1 April, PSI affiliate KPTU-EdSol and other education support workers' unions will go on a 24-hours strike calling for improvements in working conditions and job security for all education support workers. Show your support for the strike - #SupportKPTUEducationWorkers

Water and Sanitation are Human Rights, NOW!

21 March 2016
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On 22 March, PSI celebrated World Water Day. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 requires that governments ensure universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. However, we are seeing a new push for public-private partnerships (PPPs). We know that PPPs fail to deliver social and environmental targets, and PSI will help affiliates block this approach. We call for a rights-based approach, with public finance and management in the interests of all.

Hope has no borders – Public services welcome migrants and refugees

21 March 2016

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March, Public Services International (PSI) calls on all public service workers to stand united in their support for migrants and refugees by welcoming them and fighting against racism and xenophobia.

Suez in trouble in Barcelona?

19 March 2016

The Superior Court of Catalonia decided to invalidate the corporate manipulations used by Aguas de Barcelona to retain its monopoly concession for managing the water and sanitation services in the Metropolitan area of Barcelona.

Report: Protecting the Public Interest from Predatory Privatization and Outsourcing

17 March 2016

A Public Services International Leadership Meeting held on 2-3 December 2015 in Washington, D.C. USA and hosted by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The objective of this PSI leadership meeting was to explore ways to work together to strengthen the fight against the global push for privatization, linking national campaigns to regional and global dynamics.

Public Services for the Public Good: PSI statement on the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA)

02 December 2013

Universal quality public services and decent work are goals of economic development, to which international trade is but a means. Trade treaty rules should not force privatisation, nor interfere with the restoration or expansion of public services, where experiments with private provision fail or are rejected by democratically-elected governments. Trade treaties must not close policy space or inhibit innovation in public service provision.

Global Unions Statement of Priorities for the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference

28 November 2013

In the wake of the on-going economic crisis brought on in no small measure by the same de-regulatory forces that champion trade liberalisation, there is a real opportunity for the global community to re-think existing trade rules and arrangements. World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) accords have adversely impacted farmers and workers and they have reduced policy and regulatory space needed to actively promote decent jobs and quality public services.

PSI Statement on the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference

27 November 2013

The results of decades of corporate-led globalisation are clear for the majority of the world. Unemployment continues to afflict millions and is especially acute for the world’s youth. Inequality is growing and quality public services and labour rights are being undermined. Liberalisation of and financial speculation in commodities markets has produced ruinous price fluctuations for food and shortages that create untold harm and avoidable loss of life. The global economic crisis caused by the reckless and unregulated actions of the private financial markets has created untold suffering for workers and is now being used as the reason to implement punitive and misguided austerity programmes.

Communiqué: Public Services International Steering Committee SC-17

25 November 2013
PSI Steering Committee and staff, November 2013

Angered by the continuing attacks on public services and the workers who provide these services, distressed by the rising inequality across the world and the failure of the current economic system to provide jobs, particularly for young people, the Steering Committee reiterated its commitments to the 2013-2017 Programme of Action “Social Justice through Quality Public Services” and endorsed priority actions for 2014.

Work-related violence and its integration into existing surveys

20 November 2013

Statistical measurement of violence at the workplace has been neglected, states a new ILO report presented at the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians, held in Geneva, 2-11 October 2013.

Posters: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

18 November 2013
PSI violence against women poster

PSI calls 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. Use these posters available in eight languages

Presentation: PSI young workers

13 November 2013

This presentation was made by Sandra Vermuyten, PSI Equality and Rights officer, during the PSI AP Quality Public Services Forum in Bangkok, Thailand - October 2013

Presentation: Asia Pacific Youth Network

31 October 2013

This presentation was made by Nick Kelly during the PSI AP Quality Public Services Forum in Bangkok, Thailand - October 2013

Presentation notes: Pakistan WAPDA

31 October 2013

This presentation was made by Abdul Nizamani during the PSI AP Quality Public Services Forum in Bangkok, Thailand - October 2013

Presentation notes: Resisting privatisation in Korea

31 October 2013

This presentation was made by Seok Kim during the PSI Asia Pacific Quality Public Services Forum in Bangkok, Thailand - October 2013

Presentation notes: Trade union rights in Japan

31 October 2013

This presentation was made by Tatsuya Nakmura during the PSI AP Quality Public Services Forum in Bangkok, Thailand - October 2013

Presentation: Ratification of ILO Convention 151

31 October 2013

This presentation was made by Glen Pastorfide during the PSI AP Quality Public Services Forum in Bangkok, Thailand - October 2013

Presentation: Trade union rights in India

31 October 2013

This presentation was made by Raman Kannan during the PSI AP Quality Public Services Forum in Bangkok, Thailand - October 2013

Presentation: ADB engagement analysis

31 October 2013

This presentation was made by Bobet Corral during the PSI AP Quality Public Services Forum in Bangkok, Thailand - October 2013

Pre-decision & Information Guide for Nurses and Midwives Migrating to Australia

28 October 2013
Pre-decision & Information Guide for Nurses and Midwives Migrating to Australia

Public Services International and the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), a PSI affiliate, are partners in the production of this pre-decision kit and information guide for nurses and midwives migrating to Australia.