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Public Funding/Tax Justice

The gap between the rich and the rest of us is growing rapidly. In many countries, the richest 1% pay less tax than everyone else. Profitable multinational corporations use loopholes and tax havens to avoid paying their share. Around the world, inequality is growing. A taxation system based on fairness and ability to pay is the first step in reversing this attack on the middle class.

Public Services International at the World Social Forum, Tunis 2013

15 April 2013

Public Services International had the strongest global union presence at the World Social Forum 26-30 March 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia. PSI hosted and co-sponsored numerous events on trade union rights, youth, water, women’s issues, tax justice, energy and climate change.

Tax Justice and Financial Transaction Tax Forums

15 April 2013
Tax justice and FTT workshop

International FTT strategy session

PSI affiliate members from Tunisia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and the United States participated in the global financial transactions tax campaign strategy meeting hosted by PSI in Tunis on 26 March. FTT will continue to be a pillar of the broader tax justice campaign, and campaigners are looking to collaborate on EU FTT, post-2015 MDG Summit, G20, World Public Services Day-23 June, and other upcoming advocacy opportunities. The meeting was co-organised by PSI affiliate National Nurses United.

A trade union guide to understanding the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

12 April 2013
Cover page toolkit "Engaging with the ADB for workers' rights"

This toolkit traces the advocacy measures the global unions federations (GUFs) have undertaken so far in engaging with the ADB in the implementation of Core Labour Standards in all loan operations. Global unions have been engaging in dialogue and negotiating for the creation of a Labor Desk or a similar structure at the ADB for some time now, so that there can be more responsive two-way engagements in the implementation of Core Labor standards (CLS) in all loan operations

Investigation reveals how the big tax dodgers scam us! Stop secrecy, invest in fighting tax avoidance

05 April 2013
Where has the money gone?

As new investigation reveal how the rich dodge taxes– EPSU says: ban secrecy, invest in tax administrations and cross-border cooperation.

UK: PCS Budget Day strike on 20 March - and a three month programme of action against austerity

18 March 2013
Back the Budget Day strike

In the face of the overwhelming evidence that austerity isn't working, and mounting public opposition to chancellor George Osborne and the UK government's disastrous handling of the economy, the Public and Commercial Services union is stepping up its campaign for the alternative with a three-month programme of industrial action and protests.

PSI Congress Resolutions

12 March 2013

Resolutions adopted at the 29th World Congress of Public Services International, held in Durban, South Africa, 27-30 November 2012. The resolutions are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Japanese and Russian.

Irish take to the streets to protest bank bailout costs

14 February 2013
People demonstrating in Ireland

Over 100,000 people joined street rallies organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in cities across Ireland on 9th February to voice their anger at the huge cost of the Irish bank bailout. Protesters carried German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, and Finnish-language banners asking: “Is this fair? Five million Irish paying 42% of Europe’s bank debt.”