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Emergencies and Disasters

PSI represents first responders and frontline workers. These are the people who put their lives at risk in order to protect and save your families. First responders include firefighters and emergency medical technicians, police and other uniformed services. They are also the frontline workers in hospitals and health clinics, in schools, in energy and water utilities; in public transport; in civil administration and in a range of other areas. All of us depend on these people being able to do their jobs, having the right tools and training.

“Japan sticks out like a sore thumb” - Interview with Mr Atsushi KAWAMOTO, Jichiro President @ ILC2018

01 June 2018

Japan remains one of the last advanced economies which still refuses to recognise the basic labour rights for public service workers. JICHIRO President, Atsushi KAWAMOTO discusses the labour movement's attempts to challenge this paradigm through the ILC's Committee on the Application of Standards which will hear the case of Japan on June 4th.

REINSTATED! Liberian Health Unionists Dismissed During Ebola Crisis Return to Work

18 May 2018

Following a four year long campaign led by Public Services International Union Federation, the Liberian Government is reinstating the leaders of the National Health Workers Union of Liberia (NAHWUL), who were dismissed by the former government at the onset of the Ebola crisis for demanding adequate protective gear for their members.

New ILO guidelines to ensure decent work in Public Emergency Services (PES)

25 April 2018

Unions from every PSI region successfully negotiated new ILO guidelines to ensure decent work in public emergency services (PES). Workers, employers and governments adopted the new guidelines on 20 April 2018, which will be presented to the November 2018 ILO Governing Body for approval.

International Day for Disaster Reduction

12 October 2017

Each year, the International Day for Disaster Reduction is observed around the world on 13 October. "All levels of government need to recognise the crucial role of their emergency workers," says PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli. "These workers deserve not only respect, but protections, including the rights to join unions and negotiate terms and conditions."

Hurricanes Irma and Maria: appeal for donations

18 September 2017

PSI is calling on its affiliates to support the call for donations to the PSI Aid Fund to help our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean. Your donations will assist our affiliates in contributing to early recovery efforts as well as in rehabilitation and re-building. PSI will work with affiliates to build their capacity to influence policies and actions related to the re-building efforts, protecting the rights of workers, promoting people-centered development and advocating for quality public services that support just and equitable societies.

Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc, devastates countries in the Caribbean: Hurricane Jose follows

08 September 2017

PSI's General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli has expressed her condolences on the loss of life in the Caribbean following the passage of Hurricane Irma, and her sadness at the devastation wrought throughout the northern Caribbean by the Hurricane.

PSI statement on floods and natural disasters

04 September 2017
The National Guard/CC

The heavy flooding last week in Texas and in parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal is causing significant loss of life and livelihood and major damage to communities. PSI joins all in sending condolences to those affected, and expresses concern about the growing frequency and intensity of such storms and the capacity of public emergency services to cope.