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.

Union mission delivers strong statement as it stands alongside Korean strikers

30 September 2016

A global union federation mission to South Korea has made a strong statement after standing alongside Korean public sector workers staging their largest strike in 20 years. Korean unions are fighting back against government plans for a performance-related pay and termination system that threatens public safety and public interest.

International delegation visits Korea over union persecution

26 September 2016

Korean trade unionists are still struggling against ongoing regressive labour reforms in the country, including the Park Geun-hye government’s imposition of a discriminatory performance-related pay and termination system on public workers.

UN High Level Summit on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees

23 September 2016
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“States have the ultimate responsibility to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees.  We need to see this responsibility shared fairly, concretely and without delay”

PSI/1199SEIU Roundtable on the Refugee Crisis – Uphold Our Humanity!

22 September 2016

Public Services International (PSI), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its local affiliate 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East held a roundtable discussion on 20 September to raise awareness and share union experiences and strategies on the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees.

PSI meets with Swedish State Secretary for Migration

22 September 2016

Public Services International (PSI) delegates, headed by PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli, met with Irene Wennemo, Sweden’s State Secretary for Migration, on the week of the UN High Level Summit on Migrants and Refugees in New York.

Public meeting on neoliberalism and healthcare in South Asia

22 September 2016

The healthcare sector in South Asian countries has seen significant restructuring with an increase in private sector participation in provisioning. The discussion will explore the linkages between neoliberal reforms and informalisation of employment; explore the trends in employment patterns in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka; as well as look into some of the trade union responses to this growing phenomenon.

UN Commission: New Investments in Global Health Workforce Will Create Jobs and Drive Economic Growth

21 September 2016
PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli joins the Presidents of France and South Africa calling for urgent public investments globally to create new jobs in the health sector in order to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers primarily in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and help countries to maximize the social and economic benefits of increased health employment.

Safe Workers Save Lives: PSI Health Priorities and Trade Union Response to the Ebola Virus Disease

21 September 2016
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At the start of the Ebola crisis, PSI was contacted by its affiliates from the three most affected countries with the alarming news that health workers were dying on the workfloor. This update reports on the work that has taken place on the ground since the implementation of PSI's Ebola response strategy.

Pakistan: women health workers organise massive convention to demand their rights

20 September 2016

Several hundred lady health workers (LHWs) and employees of the national immunisation programme and other related initiatives attended their annual convention titled “Campaign against stolen wages” on 17 September 2016 in Hyderabad.

PSI General Secretary statement at the 2nd ComHEEG meeting

20 September 2016

This second meeting of the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth (ComHEEG) aims at finalising and formally endorsing the recommendations and the report of the Commission, as well as discussing the way forward towards implementation of these recommendations.

Join the Global PPPs E-List

15 September 2016

The objective of this global PPPs e-list, instigated by Jubilee Debt Campaign UK, is to strengthen collective global civil society activity to tackle the threat to public services and public finances posed by the rise of PPPs.

Indian nurses protest deteriorating working conditions

12 September 2016

The All India Government Nurses Federation (AIGNF), has been engaged in a fierce battle with the Central Government for more than nine months over pay and working conditions in public facilities. The basic demand is for a better entry-level pay-scale, which is due for correction since the Fifth Central Pay Commission (CPC) of 1996.

ILO Tripartite Technical meeting adopts the General Principles and Operational Guidelines on Recruitment

09 September 2016

The Tripartite Technical Meeting of Experts to Develop Guidance on Fair Recruitment held at the ILO in Geneva on 5-7 September adopted the General Principles and Operational Guidelines on Recruitment that will be submitted for approval by the ILO Governing Body in November.

Korea: government continues its crackdown on trade unions

08 September 2016

On 8 September, a criminal court sentenced Lee Jong-hwa, President of the Korean Plant Construction Workers’ Union, a BWI affiliate, to 6-month imprisonment, in relation to the Mass People’s Mobilization of 14 November 2015.

No Gender Justice without Tax Justice

07 September 2016

PSI organised a two-day workshop with the participation of leading trade union and NGO gender and tax experts at the UNISON offices, in London, 30 June-1 July 2016. The activity aimed at strengthening the international debate about tax and highlighting the gender perspective.

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.

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.