Public Funding/Tax Justice

The gap between the rich and the rest of us is growing rapidly. In many countries, the richest 1% pay less tax than everyone else. Profitable multinational corporations use loopholes and tax havens to avoid paying their share. Around the world, inequality is growing. A taxation system based on fairness and ability to pay is the first step in reversing this attack on the middle class.

The Nigerian Trade Union Platform on Tax Justice and Governance established

27 September 2016

From 22nd September to 23rd September 2016 a special workshop on Tax Justice for Workers was organized by PSI with support from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung to help PSI affiliates and CSOs in Nigeria to build a campaign against corporate tax theft.

New 'Bahamas leaks' highlight poisoned revolving door between big business and politics

23 September 2016

High level politicians and corporate leaders across Europe have been named in yet another series of tax related leaks, this time from the Bahamas; an infamous tax haven.

No Gender Justice without Tax Justice

07 September 2016

PSI organised a two-day workshop with the participation of leading trade union and NGO gender and tax experts at the UNISON offices, in London, 30 June-1 July 2016. The activity aimed at strengthening the international debate about tax and highlighting the gender perspective.

EU Apple Tax Ruling shows austerity is a political decision, says Pavanelli

31 August 2016
Protesting Against Apple's Tax Policy - Dublin Street Art (William Murphy/Flickr)

The EU’s tax ruling on Apple announced on 30 August shows that finally the European Commission (EC) is acknowledging that austerity is a political, not economic, choice. That's the main message behind the striking decision, according to PSI General Secretary who congratulated the EC for showing the political will to chase large multinationals like Amazon and McDonald's (also currently under investigation).

PSI puts tax justice for local and urban communities into the public debate at Habitat III PrepCom3

06 August 2016
PSI and ICRICT side event on tax justice for local communities

Over 80 people participated in a side event organized by PSI in collaboration with the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT) and with the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) of the University of Greenwich, UK, on the theme “Financing and investing in urban public services: the key to inclusive cities”.  The event was held on 26 July 2016 in Surabaya, Indonesia, within the framework of the Third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) of Habitat III (25-27 July 2016), where a delegation of PSI Municipal affiliates from the Asia-Pacific region headed by General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli took an active part.

Pavanelli and Van Leeuwen meet the Director General of the ILO

02 August 2016

Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary, and Fred Van Leeuwen, Education International General Secretary, met yesterday (1st August) the Director General of the ILO, Guy Ryder, to highlight the role of public services in reducing inequality and poverty.

Tax Justice Forum: How to spread that wealth around

01 June 2016

At a time when inequality is rising and public services are being cut, the Panama Papers have shone a new light on corporate accountability. We are looking for new ways to fund development - tax policy has never been more relevant.

Tax Justice: Talking points

27 May 2013

We pay. Why don't they?

Join with PSI in the growing global campaign for tax justice. Here are some talking points for discussion among your members. 

 

Strategic Activities Report: PSI at the World Social Forum, Tunis 2013

15 April 2013

Public Services International had the strongest global union presence at the World Social Forum 26-30 March 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia. PSI hosted and co-sponsored numerous events on trade union rights, youth, water, women’s issues, tax justice, energy and climate change.

A trade union guide to understanding the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

12 April 2013
Cover page toolkit "Engaging with the ADB for workers' rights"

This toolkit traces the advocacy measures the global unions federations (GUFs) have undertaken so far in engaging with the ADB in the implementation of Core Labour Standards in all loan operations. Global unions have been engaging in dialogue and negotiating for the creation of a Labor Desk or a similar structure at the ADB for some time now, so that there can be more responsive two-way engagements in the implementation of Core Labor standards (CLS) in all loan operations

Tax Justice for Social Justice

10 April 2013

The prevailing international tax rules and practices are more and more undermining the ability of governments in the Global South and the North to compel corporations and wealthy individuals to pay their fair share of taxes. Multinationals and wealthy individuals continue to dodge taxes with impunity, while tax competition has led to reduced tax burdens on corporations and financial wealth. As a result, ordinary people carry a disproportionately heavy burden of taxes and social services lack adequate resources to meet the needs of citizens.

Working for the alternative: Implementing PSI's mandate in 2013 and beyond

19 March 2013

The 2012 PSI World Congress provided a framework for Public Services International's discussions and decisions. However, it is necessary to focus priorities. This document presents a detailed implementation plan for PSI's mandate in 2013 and beyond.

Strengthening Public Services Social Dialogue in an Era of Austerity

14 March 2013

King’s College London has carried out a research project on "Managing workforce change: Strengthening public services social dialogue in an era of austerity". The project includes data from the UK, Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, Italy and Denmark.

PSI Congress Resolutions

12 March 2013

Resolutions adopted at the 29th World Congress of Public Services International, held in Durban, South Africa, 27-30 November 2012. The resolutions are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Japanese and Russian.

Resolution 14: The global fight-back against austerity

30 November 2012

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Resolution 13: Taxation

30 November 2012

The 29th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Durban, South Africa, on 27-30 November 2012

Corruption and public services - Summary

26 November 2012

Corruption is a poison that destroys people’s faith in public institutions, governments, and democracy itself.

PSIRU report: Corruption and public services

23 November 2012

Corruption is much more than a moral issue. It undermines public services and democracy. When citizens have to pay bribes to get healthcare or fair policing, or contracts are awarded to those who pay bribes, it threatens society as a whole.

Financial Transaction Tax: Myth-busting

28 August 2012

A financial transactions tax - also known as a Robin Hood Tax - is winning more and more support as a means to generate substantial new reventue to fund quality public services and sustainable development. It is also an important step towards tax fairness.

Rio+20 Working for a sustainable world

16 July 2012

The general failure of the Rio +20 negotiations presents both threats and opportunities for public service unions. These will require local and national level responses, as well as coordination across regions and globally.

Public Control Workers and the Fight against Corruption

15 June 2012

Ending corruption requires public and political organising to demand that governments represent public interests, instead of rich individuals and powerful companies, and to hold them accountable.

Why we need public spending - 2009

08 February 2012

The analysis presented here is a powerful reminder that public investment in public services and social benefits is central to social and economic development, and is more efficient than leaving such services to be supplied by the market. It shows the economic efficiency of using taxation to finance public spending on infrastructure and services which enable and support all other economic activity. It shows that higher taxation is affordable, and that corporations in particular are paying far too little tax.