The highest quality of public services can only be delivered by workers whose rights are fully respected. To this end, Public Services International defends and advances the fundamental rights and conditions of work for all workers across the globe regardless of status. These rights begin with the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Of course the rights of public employees are also included here. In a context where workers’ rights face an onslaught in both the private and public sectors, PSI is convinced that the UN is sending the wrong message by denying these fundamental rights to its own staff.
On the occasion of World Day for Decent Work on 7 OctoberPSI calls on the UN’s Secretary-General to fully restore collective bargaining rights to UN Staff. The United Nations as an employer should set a global example in this regard. In doing so, we urge the United Nations to reconvene the talks with UN staff union that were abandoned on 14 June 2013.