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Trade union rights news

All work has dignity, and all workers deserve to be treated with respect by their employers. Trade unions play a decisive role in improving working conditions, safety and wages – yet some governments and employers systematically abuse the right of workers to join existing unions or form new ones. PSI works actively to support the right of workers to free collective bargaining, and to help stop abuses when they occur.

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet receives Nobel Prize at celebration in Oslo

10 December 2015
The Nobel ceremony - Photo: M.B. Haga, MFA

At a celebration in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December 2015, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Solidarity with trade unionists in Korea

10 December 2015

UPDATE 10 December 2015: KCTU President Han Sang-gyun is in detention after handing himself over to the police.
Trade unions in South Korea are facing a barrage of restrictions and repression from the government of President Park, Geun-hye. Please write a protest letter to President Park and to the Korean embassy in your country, denouncing the crackdown on trade unions and disregard for freedom of peaceful assembly and association in Korea.

Trade unions key to human rights and global stability

09 December 2015
Photo: Catching Light - Creative Commons

This year, International Human Rights Day falls in a time of serious threats to social cohesion, environmental sustainability and democracy. Only weeks after a series of dreadful acts of terrorism, and while the UN Conference on Climate is ongoing, PSI reaffirms its commitment to the defence of human rights, core elements of fair and prosperous societies.

Workers' Rights are Human Rights - 'Route of Shame' 10 December London

08 December 2015

To mark Human Rights Day on 10 December, UNISON, PSI affiliate in the UK, will take part in a ‘route of shame’ in London by visiting a number of embassies and high commissions with poor records on workers’ rights. A letter will be delivered by hand to the residing ambassador/high commissioner protesting their country’s abysmal record in promoting and protecting rights.

PSI stands in solidarity with South Korean unions after government carries out punitive raids

25 November 2015
Police raid on the KPTU offices

PSI condemns police raids on 6 and 21 November 2015 on the Korean Federation of Public Service and Transport workers’ Union (KPTU), which the government carried out in an attempt to discourage workers from standing up for their rights.

Solidarity with Greek workers on strike 12 November

14 November 2015

Greek workers in the public and private sector organised a general strike on 12 November 2015 to protest against the reforms imposed on Greek workers by the European institutions in July this year.

Fairness for UN frontline workers

22 October 2015

The Coordinating Committee of International Staff Unions and Associations has informed us that following a three-year pay freeze, the UN General Assembly is now being asked to approve real cuts in pay and allowances of up to 10% for staff who put their lives at risk in the most dangerous and challenging locations in the world.