Trade union development

Free and democratic trade unions are built on solidarity – people working together for improvements in the workplace and the community. Through PSI, unions around the world work together to support each other. Established unions share their knowledge and experience with unions that have fewer resources. This assistance ranges from help with developing tools to serve members, to resource and education materials, to international support in upholding members’ rights.

PSI Communicators' Action Network - Greece 4-8 November 2013

05 November 2013

An expert team of affiliate union journalists and communicators from around the world are gathering for the PSI-EPSU Communicators’ Action Network initiative in Athens, Greece from 4-8 November. This is a joint project of PSI and EPSU, together with our affiliate unions, ADEDY, and allies in Greece. Read the stories:

CTSP young workers - going forward with confidence and determination

14 October 2013
CTSP Young Workers Committee

Members of the young workers’ committee of the Confédération des Travailleurs (euses) des Secteurs Public et Privé (CTSP) in Haïti attended a PSI-sponsored planning and strategy workshop on September 8 and 9 in Port-au-Prince. At its second congress held in February this year, CTSP delegates approved an action plan that places emphasis on increasing the activism of young trade union members. As a first step in the process, CTSP’s executive committee immediately approved the formation of a young workers’ committee. The committee comprises representatives from each of CTSP’s 14 member unions.

Philippines: 96% vote union!

14 October 2013
St Luke's Medical Center (Global City) healthcare workers casting their votes and exercising their freedom of association

A resounding organising success for the PSI-affiliated Alliance of Filipino Workers, who won recognition for the St. Luke’s Medical Center Employees Association.

Finnish union JHL trains activists to influence municipal decision making

14 August 2013

Trade union work requires many operational skills at all levels of the organisation. In Pirkanmaa - the area around the city of Tampere, Finland - JHL is currently running a project to hone and develop the skills of their local activists. The project is called Pilot Pirkanmaa and it will continue until the end of the year.

Advocacy campaign for the ratification of ILO Convention 151

30 July 2013
Members at meeting held 25 July 2013

While the Philippines has ratified ILO Conventions 87 and 98, public sector workers cannot exercise full collective bargaining rights due to government regulations. As part of an ongoing campaign to win these rights, PSI affiliates conducted an orientation activity on ILO C. 151 (Labour Relations in the Public Services, 1978) for members of the Public Sector Labor Management Council (PSLMC) spearheaded by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in Quezon City, Philippines, on 25 July 2013.

India: High Court tells Bangalore Metro to improve conditions for its workers

10 July 2013
Shack used as housing for Indian metro workers

PSI, together with other global unions, has been carrying out an FNV/Global unions funded project in India to investigate working conditions. As part of the project, Building and Woodworkers’ International conducted a study on the Bangalore Metro.

A tale of two unions: How public sector unions helped to unleash a surge of democratic reform in Egypt

15 March 2013
President of RETA during protest demanding a raise in Egypt's minimum wage, April 2010, photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy

During 2011, two independent unions in Egypt affiliated to PSI began participating in the activities of the PSI project “Campaigning for workers’ rights in Arab Countries” which took place between 2009 and 2011. Through this project, supported by affiliate IMPACT (of Ireland) in collaboration with FNV Mondiaal (a trade union solidarity support organisation from the Netherlands), PSI has been able to play a concrete role in affirming the emergence of a democratic and independent public sector labour movement in Egypt.