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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.

Vote for the changes that would make the most difference to your world

04 February 2013

The United Nations and partners want to hear from you! My World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda.

Call for a day of action in Ireland - 9 February 2013

28 January 2013
Photo lift the burden - Jobs not debt

Ireland is shouldering the biggest bank debt burden in the European Union.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is organising a rally on 9th February, calling on the EU to do a deal on Irish bank debt.

European and Canadian workers united in their concerns about the EU-Canada trade negotiations

24 January 2013

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) have taken a common position on the on-going negotiations of a bilateral Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

Eleven European Union countries agree to implement Robin Hood tax

23 January 2013
One thousand people demonstrating for a robin hood tax

On 22 January, 11 countries, including four of the biggest economies in Europe, agreed to implement a financial transactions tax. The new leader of the global union federation Public Services International, Rosa Pavanelli, welcomes this initiative: “Fair taxation is key to the equitable redistribution of wealth. We believe the funds raised from such a ‘Robin Hood Tax’ should be used to support sustainable jobs, tackle poverty and inequality, make public services such as healthcare accessible to all, and strengthen the global fight against climate change. An FTT will also help to curb runaway financial speculation.”

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.

Corruption and public services - Summary

26 November 2012

Corruption is a poison that destroys people’s faith in public institutions, governments, and democracy itself.

Dominican Republic: Protests met with tear gas and guns

12 November 2012

Unionists protesting against a new tax reform in the Dominican Republic were met by police with tear gas and guns, and several were wounded.