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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.

British Minister shames privatised water companies for tax avoidance

02 March 2018

Michael Gove, the Conservative Environment Secretary, launched a searing attack on water company bosses - accusing them of avoiding billions of pounds in tax, overpaying executives and failing to properly invest in infrastructure.

Global conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax: “Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals”

15 February 2018
Photo: Chris Potter - Creative Commons

As part of its global campaign for tax justice, PSI is co-hosting a side-event on 16 February at the First Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax. The side event will focus on The role of tax policy in reducing intersecting inequalities and achieving the SDGs.

Star economists suggest roadmap for fairer global taxation

07 February 2018

The Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation has launched a new publication presenting concrete solutions to reorient the existing system of international taxation away from serving the wealthy few and to focus it instead on addressing the needs of the vast majority of the population.

Advancing tax justice in 2018 - building on 2017's achievements

25 January 2018

2017 was a major year for the rapidly growing global tax justice movement. Together we stepped up for tax justice for women’s rights, for public services, and to end tax havens.

PSI Endorses Oxfam report: reward work, not wealth

22 January 2018

A new report released by Oxfam and endorsed by economist Jeffery Sachs and PSI, confirms that global inequality is spiraling out of control

AFSCME: tax bill showers billions in tax cuts on private corporations

22 December 2017

The stealth provision added to the tax bill most especially benefits real-estate investors such as the president, according to Forbes, which estimates that Trump could see tax cut of as much as $11 million for a single year.

Women’s Rights Organizations call on Governments to Reject the WTO Declaration on “Women’s Economic Empowerment”

12 December 2017

According to the signatories of the letter, including PSI, the declaration “fails to address the adverse impact of WTO rules and instead appears to be designed to mask the failures of the WTO and its role in deepening inequality and exploitation”.

Unmasking Austerity: Lessons for Australia

23 September 2013

This report by Dexter Whitfield was prepared for the Don Dunstan Foundation and Public Service Association of South Australia and published by the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre, University of Adelaide.

It documents why austerity failed and its disastrous economic and social effects in Europe and North America and highlights why Australia should not adopt these policies.

Speech by PSI General Secretary on the Financial Transactions Tax

12 September 2013

PSI general secretary Rosa Pavanelli participated in a demonstration in Washington D.C. on 20 April 2013 in favour of the Financial Transactions Tax.

Brochure: "Your Future in Public Hands"

07 June 2013

A compilation of PSI statements and background information for use by PSI delegates at the International Labour Conference ILC

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.