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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.

European day of action on 29 February

24 February 2012

In the face of a worsening economic and social situation and the ever-tougher austerity measures being imposed by Europe's leaders as the only solution, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has called for a European day of action on 29 February, the eve of the European Council. Trade unions will mobilise across Europe to have jobs and social justice placed at the heart of political priorities.

Analysis, resistance and alternatives to corporate Europe

13 February 2012

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), in cooperation with the Transnational Institute (TNI) and with the support of the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU) are organising a two-day conference in Brussels with movements from across Europe to strengthen progressive responses to the EU's crisis.

The conference will be held on Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 May 2012 at Maison des Associations Internationales, Brussels, Belgium

SAMWU: Preparing for a huge battle

07 February 2012
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This press statement was published by the South African Municipal Workers' Union, a PSI affiliate, on 2 February 2012. We have decided to publish it in its entirety.

Labour leaders demand jobs, growth and equity as Chief Executives gather in Davos for World Economic Forum

26 January 2012

The international union movement will put its case for the reform of capitalism at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week with five principles for dealing with current economic challenges.

European Day of Action 30 November

30 November 2011
No to Austerity

On Wednesday 30 November, public sector workers all over Europe are protesting against austerity measures following a call for action by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). In the UK, 2 million workers are taking part in the public sector unions’ pension strike. Trade unionists in Bulgaria, Belgium, Greece and other European countries are organising a national day of action on 30 November.

Tax avoidance by multinationals: this shameful game must stop

28 November 2011
Global Corporate Taxation and Resources for Quality Public Services

In the context of the current financial and economic crisis, education unions have been asked to accept severe cutbacks and austerity measures on the basis that there is no more money available for public services.

In the United Kingdom (UK), technical changes in pension plan design will cut 25 percent from the lifetime value of a pension, some teachers losing more than £50,000 in the value of their pension over a 20-year period. Union research has highlighted that people with the lowest levels of qualifications were most likely to suffer from a cocktail of the Conservative government’s policies. It argues these policies will restrict access to education for both young people and adults, e.g. the axing of education maintenance allowances for teenagers; the tripling of university tuition fees; and, the introduction of fees and loans for working adults who want to retrain.
In reality, the money is available!

Solidarity message to UK affiliates

24 November 2011

The Executive Board of Public Services International (PSI), meeting in Geneva on 23-25 November, extends its unequivocal support to PSI affiliates in the UK as they take action on 30 November in defence of fair pensions for all.