Home page > Global issues

Global issues

working with Public Service International (PSI)

PSI campaigns for the interests of public sector workers. Since 1907, when it was founded, PSI has co-ordinated public sector struggles for workers’ rights, gender equality, social and economic justice, and effective and accessible public services.

The main focus of PSI is on Quality Public Services which involves:

- Advocating, promoting and lobbying for quality public services.
- Strengthening trade unions to help them better defend and improve working conditions
- Working with communities and users to help them get the public services they need.

- Read more about PSI

- www.world-psi.org JPEG


- EPSU Congress 2009 Emergency resolution on Supporting Trade Union Rights – No to Free Trade with Columbia


Russian and other unions adopt statement on BRICS trade union cooperation

(17 July 2014) "Defend the legitimate rights of the working class within a progressive social dimension; promoting a development agenda that puts industrialisation, environmental justice and human progress for equitable and fair growth models at the heart of our common commitments" is one of the message the leaders of the unions from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa sent to the BRICS summit in Forteleza, Brazil. The summit considered further cooperation between the countries (...)

Israel/Palestine: An immediate long-lasting ceasefire and return to negotiations

EPSU and PSI echo the call of the UN Security Council as the number of killed civilians grows. EPSU and PSI call on the Israeli government and Palestinian parties in Gaza to immediately cease fire and prevent further escalation of the conflict which has already killed 1 Israeli and 200 Palestinians (at 16 July) including women and children and lead to numerous people being injured, homes being demolished and many fleeing to escape the violence. The rocket attacks of Hamas and bombs of (...)

EPSU leadership attends PSI Executive Board: trade union rights, tax justice and trade

(30 June 2014) The employers group in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is contesting the right to strike as being part of the conventions on the freedom of association and right to organisation (87) and the right to organise and collective bargaining (98) This is stirred on by the European employers assembled in BusinessEurope in an attempt to weaken the effectiveness of the international labour protection and gains more significance as respect and enforceability of ILO (...)

Workers Memorial Day - EU Commission President Barroso complicit as workers keep dying

(24 April 2014) Every year workers and their trade unions remember the many thousands world wide that die in workplace accidents each year. We remember those workers that die of occupational diseases. Many of these accidents and deaths because of diseases can be prevented by appropriate laws, controls and sanctions. And while we remember the workers that have died, we also recall those who are responsible for putting pressure on workers to work unsafely, our employers, and those (...)

The Trade Union Position on the Referendum in Switzerland

(4 March 2014) On 9th February a slim majority of Swiss citizens voted in favour of an initiative proposed by the Swiss People’s Party that seeks to reintroduce controls on immigrants from the European Union. For the Trade Union Movement and all progressive forces, this decision marks a major step backwards for immigrants living in Switzerland and will only lead the country down a dead end. You can read, in the attached documents, the position of the Swiss trade unions and their leaders: (...)

Ukraine: Federation of Trade Unions calls on government to address unfair income distribution and corruption

(3 March 2014) The Council of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU) was held on 27 February. The meeting started with a minute of silence in commemoration of those who died during the conflict escalation in the Ukraine. It discussed further the current situation in the Ukraine and determined the priorities for the trade unions. Members of the Council underlined that as a result of the mass protest of the people the government changed, and the state and society took the path of (...)

An update on the situation in Ukraine and the position of the trade unions

(12 December 2013) The Ukrainian confederation FPU’s Presidium to which several EPSU members are affiliated had a discussion on 9 December on the political and economic situation in Ukraine. FPU President Iurii Kulyk chaired the meeting. The below are some of the elements of the discussion: It needs to be recognised that there are additional factors that contributed to the current situation such as a worsening of the economic conditions of many leading enterprises, the growing wage arrears (...)

Public Services for All. UN Human Rights Day, 10th December 2013

Our global federation PSI celebrates Human Rights Day, recalling that it marks the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”. Human rights are indivisible and cover political, civil, economic and social rights. Nelson Mandela is recognised to be one of the most notable human rights advocates of the twentieth century. PSI records how the (...)

EPSU pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

The European Federation of Public Service Unions joins the peoples of South Africa, the workers and our sister trade unions, as well as so many millions across the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela who died 5 December 2013. He was by far one of the world’s most inspiring leaders by his relentless fight against the curse of apartheid, discrimination and social injustice. He fought for and was prepared to die for freedom and for democracy. He emerged from a long incarceration to (...)

Typhoon Haiyan: EPSU supports the PSI affiliates in the Philippines

(12 November 2013) EPSU supports the PSI affiliates and offers its condolences to all people in the Philippines. Members of the PSI Steering Committee have expressed their solidarity and deepest condolences to all people in the Philippines in the devastating wake of Typhoon Haiyan. We understand that this storm – reported be the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on record – has caused especially severe damage and casualties on Samar Island and Leyte, where the governor estimates (...)

0 | 10 | 20 | 30 | 40 | 50 | 60 | 70 | 80


ERROR:This page doesn't exist