Young workers

Young people must have the opportunity for decent jobs. Research consistently shows that young men and women are often marginalised. They must overcome more barriers than adults to secure decent employment. Worldwide, young people are three and a half times more likely to be unemployed. Steps must be taken to ensure that young people have access to education, training, and economic opportunities.

Young trade unionists share best practice on migration

24 September 2014
Youth participants at a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan

Around 40 participants attended a Pan-European Regional Council (PERC) Youth Committee Conference on Migration on 10-11 September. The meeting was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the invitation of the Azeri trade union confederation AHIK. Public Services International was represented by Cédric Dépollier, Young Workers’ Facilitator.

Caribbean young workers solidarity visit to Haïti

19 September 2014

A delegation of young workers from PSI’s affiliates in the Caribbean will pay a solidarity visit to young workers of the CTSP Haïti during the period October 16 to 20.

PSI calls on its affiliates to stand up for the rights of young workers and their mental health!

05 August 2014

The theme of International Youth Day, 12 August 2014 is “Youth and Mental Health.” Public Services International (PSI) takes this opportunity to call on young workers to get involved in the trade union movement and on trade unions to reach out to youth.

The union is there for young people

07 July 2014
Youth

Youth are the future. This applies to PSI union, Abvakabo FNV that has an increasing amount of older members.

Young workers from the Inter-American region plan their work for 2014/2015

19 May 2014
PSI regional young workers’ committee for Inter-America

The PSI regional young workers’ committee for Inter-America was held in Guatemala City from 24 to 25 March 2014. The members drew up their regional work plans for the following year, giving priority to decent work and employment issues.

Young workers and trade union organising campaign

07 April 2014
Participants at meeting

The future of trade unions depends on organising young workers. Unions must address the interests and concerns of these workers by strengthening young workers' networks. PSI Southeast Asia and the Philippines young workers' network jointly organised a one-day workshop on "young workers and trade union organising" in Manila, Philippines on 13 March 2014.

Future driven: We too have a dream!

24 March 2014

In November 2011, three trade union activists from St Lucia, Bermuda and Jamaica started what has become for them a long-term commitment to help build a stronger, sustainable public sector trade union movement in the Caribbean. With eyes focussed on the future, they recognised that in the absence of a vibrant, credible, public sector trade union movement – relevant to the 21st century - fighting the attacks on public services and public service sector workers would be even harder. They decided to stoke the fires and ignite a conversation on trade union renewal.

Oceania young workers’ meeting in Sydney

24 March 2014
Young workers' meeting

On 19 March the first PSI Oceania young workers’ meeting was held in Sydney, before the Oceania Sub-regional Advisory Committee (OSRAC). There were 10 attendees, representing 5 affiliates and 3 countries. The aim of the meeting was to introduce young people to PSI and its work, as well as giving them a taste of the issues that PSI deals with on a global basis.

Racism? Not for us!

22 March 2014

Speak out and take a stand against racism and xenophobia! On the eve of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2014, Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International affirms that “our commitment to fight racism and all forms of discrimination is guided by respect for human rights and basic union principles: social justice, equality, collective action and collective responsibility”.

Make your own poster and express your demands

04 November 2013
Share your poster

Young workers from PSI affiliates in Brazil decided to create an application for computers, smart-phones, social networks, etc to help make your own poster.

Mobilizing for action – public service workers aim for social and economic justice in Asia Pacific

18 October 2013
group photo

More than 100 leaders of unions affiliated to the global union federation Public Services International concluded meetings in Bangkok, Thailand this week by committing to take joint action to build the power and influence of public service workers in the Asia Pacific region.


The unions identified strategies to address a number of important issues, including fighting harmful free trade agreements, stopping privatization and related corruption in public services, ending violence against women, and advancing positive solutions through tax justice, stronger trade union rights, and supporting young workers and migrant workers in public services.

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.

Public services and decent work for all

07 October 2013
ITUC Poster for WDDW

On 7 October we celebrate the World Day for Decent Work. Public Services International (PSI) joins the international trade union movement in demanding decent work for all and an end to the continuous attacks on trade union rights around the world. We want jobs that provide decent salaries and social security with safe working conditions.

Young workers in the public sector and trade union renewal

26 September 2013

The EPSU Youth Seminar, held on 16 - 18 September in Sesimbra, Portugal, brought together young workers from around Europe to discuss the further development of their network and future activities.

Stand Up Conference in New Zealand: Modernising Unions to Connect with Young Workers

23 August 2013

On 10-11 July 2013, Stand Up, the youth union movement of the New Zealand Council Trade Unions, organised a two day conference on "Modernising Unions to Connect with Young Workers”, for more than 60 young unionists from across the country.

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.