Inter-America

In North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, 140 labor organizations in 35 countries are affiliated to PSI, with a total membership of about 3.3 million workers. The regional office is currently based in São Paulo, Brazil. Contact the regional offices.

Audio: Healthcare is a basic human right

07 April 2017

RadioLabour interviews PSI General-Secretary Rosa Pavanelli on PSI's recently launched campaign for the Human Right to Health aimed at promoting universal public health coverage for all.

Oppression leads to Depression - World Health Day 2017

07 April 2017

Confronting Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), often simply called depression, is the theme for this year’s World Health Day on 7 April. MDD is a mental disorder characterized by at least two weeks of persistent sadness and a loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities.

Towards autonomy and self-determination for persons with autism

03 April 2017
by Becky Wetherington

The 2017 World Autism Awareness Day was marked on 2 April across the world with the theme: towards autonomy and self-determination. National and international policy-makers took the time to lend their voices to the need for provision of care and support for persons with autism. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres captured this spirit in his message for the day, when he said: “Let us ensure that we make available the necessary accommodations and support to persons with autism.”

UNCSW61 comes to an end

31 March 2017
UNCSW61

The Conclusions of the Session 61 of the United Nations Commission on the Legal and Social Status of Women recognised important objectives on PSI's policy agenda, although there were also gaps on issues that the global union will continue to champion tirelessly.

Privatization Watch - 03/2017

30 March 2017

An overview of global trends in privatization of public services. Privatization Watch - Issue 03/2017.

Inspiring campaigning! #TaxJustice for Women's Rights Global Days of Action

27 March 2017

The final week of the #TaxJustice for Women's Rights Global Days of Action has been extremely busy. These have been truly global days of action, as you will see from the photos, events and actions from around the world.

"We stand for public funding of public quality water and sanitation services for realizing women's rights"

22 March 2017

Today, 22 March, World Water Day, PSI's General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli states the importance of tax-funded public water and sanitation for all, but especially for realizing women's rights. In an interview*, Pavanelli talks about the major challenges in achieving this goal.

Global Unions Statement: Support the inclusion and retention of the full and substantive role of the ILO in the UNCSW61 Agreed Conclusions

22 March 2017

Member states at the annual Sessions of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) are currently negotiating ‘Agreed Conclusions’ on this year’s priority theme: ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’.

PSI joins "Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts"

17 March 2017

Public Services International joins key civil society organizations working on migrant rights, refugee rights, experts and international organizations in uplifting the rights of the child into the Global Compact on Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees that will be adopted in 2018.

Costa Rica: Quality public healthcare system in danger

15 March 2017
Demonstration by BUSSCO in Costa Rica

Since the 1990s, neoliberal policies have claimed victims in the public services sector run by the Costa Rican state. The rise of the neoliberal globalization which is expanding with free trade, has involved big businesses aggressive pursuit of new sources of profit. This is the reason behind the waves of privatization of public services like water, education, health and others.

Safety Ratios: a trade union battle

15 March 2017
Régine Laurent, President of FIQ, Quebec

For the health care workers represented by the Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ), it is absolutely essential to work in the best conditions so as to provide safe, quality health care. As a health care workers’ union, the FIQ has therefore decided to work with its members to promote safe professional patient health care ratios in Québec.

Fresh attacks on the Right to Health in Brazil

15 March 2017
SAMU ambulances, Brazil

At a meeting of the Health Committee of the São Paulo Municipal Chamber held at the end of February, workers at the mobile emergency care service (SAMU) criticised the mayor, João Doria (PSDB), for his plan to transfer care to private “social organisations”.

Argentina: National health sector strike and "No to CUS"

15 March 2017

The "NO to CUS" coalition composed of the ATE, CTA, FESPROSA , the General Medicine Federation and other organisations met in Buenos Aires on 9 March, only 48 hours after the national health sector strike against the wage ceiling, and in support of a wage increase in line with inflation and unrestricted negotiations.

Women work mobility development & economic justice

10 March 2017

On 16 March at the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York the Women in Migration Network (WIMN) convenes a dialogue integrating strategies and feminist movements. This parallel event will be held at 10:30 am at the Church Center for the United Nations. PSI is co-sponsoring this event. Moradeke Abiodun - Badru, representing PSI affiliate The National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), will be speaking on behalf of PSI.

Iranian student banned from returning to US despite renewed student visa

09 March 2017
Mehdi Zeyghami

Mehdi Zeyghami, a student in the United States since 2012, well knew that the procedures for obtaining a student visa could be difficult. However, he had no idea that the swearing in of a new US President would make a complicated procedure become practically impossible.

Still Broken

09 November 2015

Governments must do more to fix the international corporate tax system
New research shows that the gap between where companies pay tax and where they really do their business is huge. In 2012, US multinationals alone shifted $500–700bn, mostly to countries where these profits are not taxed, or taxed at very low rates. G20 countries themselves are among the biggest losers. The measures recently announced by the OECD leave the fundamentals of a broken tax system intact and do not stop the race to the bottom in corporate taxation. G20 governments must do more and should strongly support further reforms.

Reports from pension fund meetings, September 2015

28 October 2015
Hands holding coins and two leaves

A number of PSI affiliates are concerned about pension fund investments in privatization, a process that is likely to increase under pressure from the G-20 and the OECD. These two documents describe the on-going work related to investment practices and policies of capitalized pension funds.

PSI and UNI Global Union call for an international labour standard for the protection of whistleblowers

29 September 2015
PSI and UNI Global Union Strategy Meeting on Fighting Corruption

On 16 September 2015, Public Services International and UNI Global Union held a strategy meeting at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva to build co-operation between the global union federations to fight corruption and secure whistleblower protection at work.

Background brief of the SESH Working Group meeting

20 July 2015

The background brief of the PSI working group meeting on Safe and Effective Staffing for Health (SESH), that met on 11-12 May 2015 at UNISON in London, is now available for download in English, French and Spanish.

Report of the SESH Working Group meeting

10 July 2015

The report of the PSI working group meeting on Safe and Effective Staffing for Health (SESH), that met on 11-12 May 2015 at UNISON in London, is now available for download in English, French and Spanish.

ICRICT declaration

11 June 2015

On 2 June 2015, the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT) launched a global declaration calling for an overhaul of the outdated international corporate tax system and demanding broad, sweeping changes in the current rules and governing institutions.

Speech by Rosa Pavanelli at the ILC 2015

05 June 2015
Rosa Pavanelli speaking at ILC 2015

PSI General Secretary, Rosa Pavanelli, spoke at the 104th International Labour Conference (ILC) on Friday 5 June 2015.

Golden Dodges: How McDonald’s Avoids Paying its Fair Share of Tax

13 May 2015

This new report, released on 19 May, reveals that McDonald’s is using aggressive strategies to avoid paying tax in some of its largest markets.

Charter: PSI Education Support and Cultural Workers’ Network

22 April 2015

During the founding meeting of the PSI Education Support and Cultural Workers Network (ESCW), that took place on 18-19 November 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a charter of the network was adopted.

Survey results - Founding Meeting of PSI Education Support and Cultural Workers Network

20 April 2015

The survey's aim was to identify PSI affiliates that organize Education Support Workers. The survey was released in July 2014 in 7 different languages. There were 40 respondents from 21 different countries.

Our public water future: The global experience with remunicipalisation

18 April 2015

Privatisation on the backfoot as new book shows that the growing wave of cities putting water back under public control has now spread to 37 countries impacting 100 million people.

Information for activities in Mexico during the week of IAMRECON 2015

19 March 2015

A series of activities and meetings will precede the Inter-Regional Conference 2015, known as IAMRECON by its acronym in English. IAMRECON is held every five years and involves all affiliates in the Inter-Americas region. This event provides an excellent opportunity to organise a number of pre-conference meetings which are:

IAMRECON - Programa/Timetable

19 March 2015

The programme for IAMRECON, taking place from 23-24 April, and the preliminary meetings, taking place from 20-22 April, is now available.

Publication: Why Public-Private Partnerships don’t work

17 March 2015
Why Public Private Partnerships don’t work

The new report Why Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) don’t work: The many advantages of the public alternative contains a combination of 30 years of research by David Hall, former Director of Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) University of Greenwich, UK.

Negotiating Healthy Trade in Australia

03 March 2015

This report published by the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation provides an overview of the dimensions of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) relevant to health, the process and findings of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) - including characterising the potential health impacts based on the literature and stakeholder input - and recommendations to the Australian Government to avoid or mitigate potential harms from the TPP. The authors intend for the HIA to inform negotiations and health sector advocacy on the TPP.

PSI Inter-American Regional Women’s Committee and Regional Executive Committee (IAMREC)

26 March 2014

Please note that the documents for this meeting are available to members of the IAMREC only. To view and download them you will need to login with the username and password provided by PSI.

PSI follow-up mission to Guatemala

24 March 2014

A PSI international delegation returned to Guatemala in March 2014 to follow-up on the trade union rights and solidarity mission made in August 2013.

World Water Day

22 March 2014

PSI Sub‐regional Women’s Advisory Committee (SUBWOC) for the Caribbean

07 March 2014

Chair: Sis Jillian Bartlett (NUGW-TT)

The SUBWOC deliberates on a wide range of issues and, in general advises and makes recommendations on:

PSI Sub-regional Advisory Committee for the Caribbean (SUBRAC)

07 March 2014

Co-chairs: Sis Jillian Bartlett (NUGFW-TT) and Bro Wayne Jones (JCSA)

The SUBRAC is a PSI advisory body comprising representatives from affiliates who “facilitate the consultation process at sub-regional level on policy issues and work programme implementation, and who participate in exchange and dialogue on issues relevant to PSI affiliates.” 

Also see the SUBWOC meeting.

The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector

04 March 2014
The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector

The 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector will take place in Miami, USA, from 22-24 October 2014. The largest and most relevant mondial conference dedicated to work related aggression and violence within the health and social services sector.

Anti-corruption conference

20 February 2014

Around 300 civil servants and officials from different Colombian public control and auditing bodies are expected to for this conference on the fight against corruption in public administration.

PSI Sub-regional Advisory Committees for USA and Canada (SUBRACs) and Labor Rights Seminar

29 January 2014

Canadian and United States PSI affiliates gathered in Washington, D.C. on January 30, 2014 to discuss the attacks on labor rights in North America.

Event: Trade union rights in Guatemala

26 November 2013

Please join us to meet Luis Lara and Dora Regina, the leaders of PSI affiliate SNTSG (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Salud) and leaders of the Frente Nacional de Lucha : They have come to Brussels to meet the EU Parliament and European trade unionists. Dora and Luis will give a short talk, followed by a reception.

PSI/FES project meeting: Influencing the debates on public policy and the development agenda in the Caribbean

12 November 2013

This is the final workshop in the current 3-year co-operation project between PSI and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). The project pursues the following specific objective: The international trade union movement has promoted the debate on an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable international economic order.

PSI Workshop at the WTO Forum

27 September 2013
Someone typing on a computer

PSI has been selected to run a workshop at the WTO Annual forum where we can explain to Ambassadors and trade negotiators from all over the globe why the TISA hurts quality public services.

PSI Interamericas LGBT Regional Committee Meeting

08 July 2013
LGBT meeting Brazil

This is the first meeting of the LGBT Committee of ISP-Americas held for the creation of a Committee as specified in “The Promotion of Equal opportunities for LGBT Workers in the Public Sector in Brazil and the Inter-Americas”. The meeting took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 27-28 June 2013.

Mission to Guatemala

25 June 2013

The global union federation Public Services International is leading an international delegation of trade union leaders to meet with Guatemala’s President and leading ministers on August 13-14, 2013.