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.

Suicide attack at hospital in Pakistan

09 August 2016

On 8 August, a suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta’s Civil Hospital in Pakistan situated near PSI’s affiliate the All Pakistan Labour Federation (APLF) and the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation office. At least 70 people were killed and over 100 others were injured.

Statement of Rosa Pavanelli to Habitat III at Prepcom3 in Surabaya, Indonesia

07 August 2016

PSI's General Secretary, who is Vice-Chair of the Trade Unions and Workers Constituent Group, addresses member states negotiating the New Urban Agenda at the 3rd plenary of the 3rd session of the Preparatory Committee.

Audio: WINS Radio reports on dismissed Liberian health workers

11 April 2016

WINS Radio reports on PSI's call to action for the reinstatement of two Liberian health union leaders dismissed in February 2014 with 22 other workers following a nationwide strike in protest of working conditions and the lack of protective equipment and medication.

PSI and EPSU condemn the terrorist attacks in Brussels

22 March 2016
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Public Services International (PSI) and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) convey their deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

"Public services welcome migrants" seminar is underway in Brussels

14 March 2016
Photo: Sonia Sanchez

Over 50 trade unionists representing 15 countries from Europe and Africa have come together for 2.5 days to strengthen cooperation and enhance the role of public service trade unions in dealing with migration and refugee flows.

All Pakistan Labour Federation condemns the deaths of mine workers and demands judicial inquiry

14 March 2016
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At least 10 workers were killed and 30 were seriously injured at Al-Hussaini Coal Mine, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. According to APLF, 65 workers were inside the mine when it collapsed due to torrential rains.

Hospitals and schools are being targeted in Syria in breach of international regulations

16 February 2016
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Air raids on five hospitals and two schools, on Monday, February 15th, in separate locations in northern Syria killed at least 50 people and left dozens others wounded. Five patients, a caretaker and a hospital guard are among the casualties in a hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).