Quality Public Services

In co-operation with other global federations of unions, PSI has launched the Quality Public Services – Action Now! campaign. This campaign unites public and private sector trade unions, municipal governments and civil society groups in advancing quality public services as the best means of building equitable, sustainable, peaceful and democratic societies. We believe investment in quality public services backed by fair taxation policies is a key solution to the economic crisis.

Message from ILO Director-General on World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2014

19 February 2014

As the world marks the Day of Social Justice, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder urges 'policy-makers to converge on the ambition of a real global socio-economic recovery – a recovery for all – and a Post-2015 Development Agenda that helps lift all out of poverty.'

UK: Closure of 281 tax offices will abandon vulnerable taxpayers

13 February 2014
PCS

The closure announced on 12 February of all the UK's 281 walk-in tax offices will abandon vulnerable taxpayers and could cost more than it will save, says PSI affiliate the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS).

PSI calls on EU leaders to implement broad-based financial transactions tax

13 February 2014
Robin hood FTT

In an open letter to French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, PSI calls on EU leaders to implement a broad-based financial transactions tax (Robin Hood Tax) in order to fund vital public services and decent jobs necessary to end poverty and inequality, support sustainable development and address climate change.

Asia Pacific News Bulletin 2013

30 December 2013

Asia Pacific news is published and electronically distributed five times a year by Public Services International Asia and Pacific Regional Organisation (PSI APRO).

EPSU angered over Eurogroup President's satisfaction over destruction of Greece

20 December 2013
Greek workers demonstrating against government austerity measures

The President of the Eurogroup, Dutch Finance Minister Dijsselbloem, issued a press release in which he notes his "satisfaction" that Greece has reached a number of milestones as agreed with the Troika, 17 December 2013. These milestones include preparing the dismissal of 12.500 public service workers (euphemistically called a mobility scheme) as well as improving the financial situation of two large water companies so they can be privatised.

Communiqué: Public Services International Steering Committee SC-17

25 November 2013
PSI Steering Committee and staff, November 2013

Angered by the continuing attacks on public services and the workers who provide these services, distressed by the rising inequality across the world and the failure of the current economic system to provide jobs, particularly for young people, the Steering Committee reiterated its commitments to the 2013-2017 Programme of Action “Social Justice through Quality Public Services” and endorsed priority actions for 2014.

Europeans say no to austerity - in pictures

28 October 2013
European workers holding anti-austerity banners

Across Europe thousands of workers have taken part in a European action of EPSU to tell European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy that we have had it with austerity. Through pictures taken at their work places, trade unionists are showing the European Council and Commission that Europe's public workers and trade unions have a common message: We need an end to austerity and focus on alternatives such as investment in public services and infrastructure to help economies grow, provide quality care and tackle inequalities. The pictures are a virtual mass-demonstration and a vivid illustration that workers want a change in direction.