Pensions

PSI is working towards achieving Quality Public Services and Decent Work for all workers through intervention and influencing global policies. Pension and social security is integral in the context of QPS and Decent work. We believe that all workers in all services must have access to pension schemes enabling them to retire from work and receive an income adequate for their needs.

PSI General Secretary: How to fund quality public services in the future

28 October 2012

How do we fund quality public services in the future? Who should benefit and who will have to pay? These were the topics of Peter Waldorff's speech at the “Education in Crisis” seminar in Brussels.

UK: Hundreds of thousands call for A Future that Works

22 October 2012
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In the streets of London, Glasgow and Belfast hundreds of thousands of people took part in the march for A Future that Works on October 20.

To create development we need innovative financing

16 October 2012

"It is time that we embrace the concept of a financial transactions tax". This is the message from world leaders and civil society who met recently to discuss innovative financing for development.

IMF promotes public spending rather than cuts to prevent new global crisis

09 October 2012
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The International Monetary Fund urges European and US leaders to promote growth instead of cuts in public spending to avoid dragging down the global economy with another financial crisis.

Norway: Utility workers on strike

03 October 2012

Utility workers in Norway have been on strike since mediation broke down last week. Crucial to the breakdown was the employers' proposals to change the workers' pension plan.

Actions and events against austerity all over Europe

21 September 2012

Major protests against austerity measures are taking place in many European countries.We give you the list of upcoming events:

Norway: 160,000 in sympathy strike for 79 workers in private health care

05 September 2012

In Norway, the biggest sympathy strike ever was announced yesterday. 160.000 Fagforbundet members will go on strike to support the 79 workers in private nursing homes that are striking for equal pay and pension.

Norway: Fighting for equal pay and pensions

31 August 2012

Workers in private nursing homes in Norway on strike.

UK: Public sector pensioners to lose billions

15 August 2012
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Public sector workers will lose more than £8.5 billion a year through cuts to their pensions. - A massive transfer of wealth away from public servants, says trade union leaders.

Public services urgently need an alternative to austerity

02 July 2012
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The impact of austerity on public services has been monitored in a series of research reports. - Our members across Europe are facing a major struggle to defend their jobs and maintain the vital services that they provide, says EPSU general secretary.

Strike action hits across the UK

10 May 2012
Workers on strike in Glasgow

Across the UK hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are on strike in protest at government plans to make them work longer and pay more for smaller pensions.

Pensions staff in UK forced into risky privatisation experiment

02 May 2012
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Hundreds of pensions staff will be forced out of the public sector as part of a risky privatisation experiment, the Public and Commercial Services union says.

Serious attacks on pensions for UK firefighters

26 April 2012
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The UK government wants firefighters to pay higher pension contributions, work at least five years longer and then receive lower pension benefits.

UK Civil servants start voting in new pensions ballot

28 February 2012
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More than 250,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services union in the civil and public services have started voting in a consultation over the next steps in the fight against the government's cuts to pensions.

They will be asked two questions: do they reject the government's latest pensions offer; and do they support an ongoing joint union campaign for fair pensions for all.

Fair public sector pensions

06 January 2012

PSI affiliates in the UK continue their campaigns for fair public sector pensions, applying a variety of tactics.

Annual Report 2010

05 April 2011

In the face of widening cuts to public services and attacks on the rights of public sector workers around the world, leaders of private and public sector trade unions, municipal governments and civil society groups made the unprecedented joint commitment to work together to promote investment in quality public services backed by fair taxation policies as the key solution to the economic crisis, and the best way to build peaceful, equitable, democratic and environmentally-sustainable societies.

Annual Report 2009

03 April 2010

Environmental and social sustainability provided the primary theme for PSI’s work in 2009. Leading into the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen in December, trade unions and civil society allies worked hard to ensure that world leaders would agree on an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions. Alas, this dream did not become reality. But we are committed to continuing this struggle and achieving real results.

Annual Report 2008

03 April 2009

Looking back at 2008 the one word that comes to mind is CHANGE. We saw a dramatic change in the global economy, it was the keyword in the US election and we initiated changes in PSI.