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.

PSI condemns violent attacks in Paris

14 November 2015
Paris, 13 November 2015

Public Services International expresses our deepest sympathy with the victims killed and wounded in the attacks in Paris last night and their families. We stand in solidarity with the French people, its trade unions, and with all the workers of the emergency, health and security services who are on the frontline of these bloody attacks.

Firefighters Network forum: organising for decent work

10 September 2015

Unions representing fire fighters from the Asia Pacific region met in Manila on 8 and 9 September 2015 with a view of strengthening their network.

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.