Water and sanitation

Clean water and sanitation – recently recognised by the United Nations as basic human rights – are critical to good health. They help prevent disease. Yet billions of people have no ready access to safe water. It is an essential service that governments must provide to protect their citizens and serve their common good. Read more here

India: Coalition unites to block PPP water privatization schemes

25 January 2016

According to Corporate Accountability International, groups plan a series of escalating events to expose the truth about Nagpur’s failed PPP water privatization scheme promoted by the Modi government and World Bank. A group of trade unions in India is addressing a global petition to the World Bank.

Water sector reforms in India

11 January 2016
2015 Campaign on water privatisation in India

Gaurav Dwivedi, a water expert from Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, has prepared an overview of water sector reforms in India. Manthan Adhyayan Kendra is a centre set up to research, analyse and monitor water and energy issues from the perspective of just, equitable and sustainable development.

Sign the petition against water privatisation in India

23 December 2015

A group of trade unions in India is addressing a petition to the World Bank, calling on them to end their promotion and financial support of all forms of water privatisation and acknowledge the failures behind it.

Human rights - what about our right to water?

17 December 2015
Our right to water by Maude Barlow

The Council of Canadians has published a new report by Maude Barlow which examines water use, policy and protection around the world.

Achieving pay equity in Peru’s public water industry

02 November 2015

Over the last two years, PSI has implemented a pilot project of gender neutral job evaluation and the construction of a map of health security risks in EPSEL, the public water enterprise of Lambayeque in the city of Chiclayo in the north of Peru.

Building workers’ power in the utilities sector in Asia Pacific

12 September 2015

PSI affiliates in the water and electricity sector and local governments/municipalities met in Manila on 11 September to strengthen joint work within these sectors, highlight the failure of the massive wave of privatisation sweeping the Asia and Pacific region (AP), and propose long term solutions.

European Parliament resolution supports public ownership and water management

10 September 2015
Water is a human right

PSI joins many others in congratulating the European water movement for the important vote in the European Parliament on 8 September.

Public finance and democratic control are key to achieving the SDGs

06 July 2015

PSI Deputy General Secretary David Boys, and Satoko Kishimoto, coordinator of the Reclaiming Public Water Network and the Water Justice Project at the Transnational Institute (TNI) have published a post on the Public Finance for WASH blog.

European Parliament Environment Committee supports ECI on human right to water and sanitation

02 July 2015

The demands of the first ever successful European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) Right2Water received overwhelming support from Members of the European Parliament, who voted on an own-initiative report in the Environment Committee on 25 June 2015.

French constitutional council bans water cut-offs

02 June 2015
Conseil Constitutionnel

French multinationals must comply. No water provider may cut-off or disconnect service from a primary residence, even if the bills have not been paid. The decision is final, without appeal.

Water and sanitation as a human right!

11 May 2015
Water fountain

PSI and its affiliates actively support the human right to water initiatives, including the current lobbying pressure on national governments negotiating policies and priorities in the United Nations.

PSI signs cooperation agreement with water support network

30 April 2015

At a meeting held during the IAMRECON in Mexico on 20-24 April 2015, PSI signed a cooperation agreement with the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network to develop research, teaching and related activities in areas of common interest.

In UK, private water companies must provide environmental information on request

20 April 2015

A recent ruling by the UK's Upper Tribunal has ruled that privatised utility companies in England and Wales are considered to be public authorities for the purpose of environmental information regulations. The judgement means that water companies must provide environmental information to the public upon request.

2015 Daegu Gyoungbuk declaration on the Human right to water

20 April 2015
Participants of the 2015 Daegu Alternative World Water Forum - 14 April 2015

PSI affiliates and NGO allies gathered in Korea during the World Water Forum to continue the struggle for water justice. The following declaration was written by Korean and global water justice groups gathered at the Daegu Alternative Water Forum.

The global experience with remunicipalisation

08 April 2015

TNI, PSIRU, Multinational Observatory, MSP and EPSU have launched a new book on the emerging remunicipalisation trend and the questions it poses about the future of water privatisation.

Replacing failed private water contracts

18 November 2011

This paper sets out a global overview of trends in the public and private presence in the water sector, to help assess the options facing cities which still have problematic private water contracts, such as Jakarta.

Annual Report 2010

05 April 2011

In the face of widening cuts to public services and attacks on the rights of public sector workers around the world, leaders of private and public sector trade unions, municipal governments and civil society groups made the unprecedented joint commitment to work together to promote investment in quality public services backed by fair taxation policies as the key solution to the economic crisis, and the best way to build peaceful, equitable, democratic and environmentally-sustainable societies.

Annual Report 2009

03 April 2010

Environmental and social sustainability provided the primary theme for PSI’s work in 2009. Leading into the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen in December, trade unions and civil society allies worked hard to ensure that world leaders would agree on an ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions. Alas, this dream did not become reality. But we are committed to continuing this struggle and achieving real results.

Annual Report 2008

03 April 2009

Looking back at 2008 the one word that comes to mind is CHANGE. We saw a dramatic change in the global economy, it was the keyword in the US election and we initiated changes in PSI.