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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.

UK: Continuous strike greets new National Gallery director

12 August 2015
Strikers at the National Gallery, London

The first week of the National Gallery's new director will be marked by continuous strike action by staff fighting privatisation, the Public and Commercial Services union says. Since11 August, the union's members have embarked on a continuous strike after taking more than 50 days since February.

Israel: a social revolution

22 July 2015

Histadrut, has achieved an agreement with the government on the issue of contract workers in the public sector. Around 50,000 workers will benefit from this agreement, including 15,000 public sector contract workers who will become full government employees within two years.

In Peru, thousands of workers join a national strike against Humala’s neoliberal reforms

16 July 2015
Foto: Jorge Villa García/CNC-ISP

The General Confederation of Workers (CGTP) called a day of protest for 9 July in support of a series of demands including an increase in the minimum wage, the eradication of corruption and improved public security.

Germany: Ver.di campaigning for re-evaluation of social services jobs

03 June 2015
Strikers in Germany

PSI affiliate Ver.di is actively campaigning to demonstrate that kindergarten workers’ jobs need to be revalued in terms of status and salary, highlighting the importance of their role in caring for and educating children.

PSI Executive Board: the members talk

28 May 2015
Veronika Karlsson, President of VISION, Sweden

Representatives of PSI affiliates met in Geneva on 27-28 May 2015 for the PSI Executive Board meeting. PSI interviewed some Executive Board members and asked them about their union’s activities. Please click on the names to watch the video interviews.

International Workers' Day - 1 May 2015

28 April 2015
Police use water cannon againt protestors in Daegu, Korea

International Workers' Day is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight-hour workday.

Korea: over 100,000 workers join general strike on 24 April

27 April 2015
General strike rally, Seoul

On 24 April, more than a hundred thousand South Korean workers came out into the streets as part of the Korean Confederation of Trade Union’s general strike.