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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.

Korean education support, hospital workers on strike

23 April 2015
Korean workers demonstration

On April 24, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) is holding a general strike against the Park Geun-hye government and its anti-labour, anti-people policies.

South Africa: deadlock in public sector wage negotiations

17 April 2015
COSATU members demonstrating

In South Africa, the wage talks between the public sector workers and the government, as represented in the Public Service Bargaining Council, have reached a deadlock.

Trade unionists in Swaziland under attack

03 April 2015
Vincent Ncongwane and PSI affiliate representatives at a meeting in London

Trade unionists and activists are subjected to intensified attacks in Swaziland, the only remaining absolute monarchy.

PSI solidarity with Palestine

02 April 2015
A destroyed home in Gaza, Palestine

Following the PSI appeal for solidarity in Gaza after the Israeli bombings in July and August 2014, PSI affiliates sent donations to Palestinian trade unions totaling 39,000 US$ (thirty nine thousand USD).

London Gallery staff on strike against privatisations

31 March 2015

The Public and commercial services union (PCS), a PSI affiliate in the UK, continues its actions against privatisation at London's National Gallery.

Guatemala’s President defies the ILO by cancelling all collective agreements in the public sector

24 March 2015

Only days before Guatemala is due for discussion at the ILO’s Governing Body, President General Otto Pérez Molina, takes the unprecedented initiative of prohibiting the negotiation of collective agreements in the public sector, on the grounds that austerity measures are needed to deal with a massive fiscal deficit.

UK: Senior union rep suspended as National Gallery strike enters fourth week

19 March 2015

Candy Udwin, senior union rep for the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in the UK, has been dismissed after being suspended just before the strike began in February.