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.

Vital role of government employees in the aftermath of Nepal earthquake

05 May 2015
Destroyed houses in Nepal

Following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, Raman Kannan, PSI Subregional Secretary for South Asia, travelled to Nepal to meet PSI affiliates.

Nepal needs your help

28 April 2015
Earthquake aftermath - Photo: SIM Central and South East Asia - Creative Commons

PSI is urgently calling on its affiliates to send funds for the immediate relief of PSI members and to assist in rebuilding communities in Nepal.

Statement from workers and unions at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

18 March 2015
First responders after Hurricane Sandy in 2012

Public Services International published this statement on the last day of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held at Sendai, Japan, on 14-18 March 2015.

Reducing disaster risk – what about the workers?

18 March 2015
David Boys, PSI Deputy General Secretary

PSI unions from around the world are lobbying and networking at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March, 2015. Governments are negotiating final text to guide disaster policy, and have hardly mentioned workers.

WHO warned of risks of commercial exploitation of Ebola

02 February 2015
Photo: Simon Davis/DFID - Creative commons

In a WHO Special session on Ebola, IBFAN, together with Public Services International (PSI) and Health Innovation in Practice (HIP) called on WHO to prevent commercial exploitation of the Ebola crisis.

Deregulation of transport safety can be lethal, say Korean unions

19 January 2015

Creating safe workplaces and a safe society. Under this slogan the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and the Committees for the Sewol ferry tragedy organized an international symposium on 1-3 December 2014 in Seoul.

Ebola: Safe workers save lives

23 December 2014
In an exclusive video produced by PSI, hosted and shared by The Guardian, Liberian healthcare workers share their difficulties and frustrations with the working conditions in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.