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Rosa Pavanelli elected to lead Public Services International

28 November 2012

Italian trade unionist Rosa Pavanelli has been elected as the new leader of the global union federation Public Services International, representing 20 million public service workers in 150 countries. Pavanelli says her vision is founded on “giving PSI new energy, and standing up for justice, solidarity, equality, a fairer and more sustainable world.”

The leadership vote took place during PSI’s 29th World Congress in Durban, South Africa (27-30 November 2012). Danish trade unionist Peter Waldorff had sought re-election as general secretary following one term in office.

Mexico: Labour law reforms approved

13 November 2012

Mexico has approved labour law reforms that will eliminate free and secret votes to elect union leaders.

Finland: Job security for municipal workers

09 November 2012

Municipal employees in Finland have great faith in job sustainability. According to a new book only three per cent of municipal employees fear losing their jobs.

Australia: Action to protect outsourced public servants

31 October 2012

The Australian government has introduced amendments to the Fair Work Act to protect the entitlements of tens of thousands of state public servants whose jobs are threatened.

IMF promotes public spending rather than cuts to prevent new global crisis

09 October 2012
Two children holding a poster

The International Monetary Fund urges European and US leaders to promote growth instead of cuts in public spending to avoid dragging down the global economy with another financial crisis.

Press release: Paraguay must respect United Nations’ obligations

26 September 2012

Paraguay must respect United Nations’ obligations and stop the mass firing and repression of workers.

Actions and events against austerity all over Europe

21 September 2012

Major protests against austerity measures are taking place in many European countries.We give you the list of upcoming events:

Norway: 160,000 in sympathy strike for 79 workers in private health care

05 September 2012

In Norway, the biggest sympathy strike ever was announced yesterday. 160.000 Fagforbundet members will go on strike to support the 79 workers in private nursing homes that are striking for equal pay and pension.

Pakistan: Demands of 140.000 workers accepted

27 June 2012
Men at power station Pakistan

No privatisation of power may be carried out by the Government of Pakistan. This is one of the demands from the Pakistani union of electricity workers that has now been accepted.

Spain: unions call for general strike over labour laws

23 March 2012
UGT and CC.OO banners

Spain's two main unions, both PSI affiliates, have called for a general strike on 29 March to protest against changes to labour laws and in defence of public services ahead of the presentation of the 2012 budget and its accompanying austerity measures.