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PSI 30th World Congress

Celebrating 110 years of Public Services International (1907-2017) in Geneva, Switzerland

30th October — 3rd November 2017

“Fountain” (1917) by Marcel Duchamp.

110 years after PSI’s very first Congress, workers from across the world will gather in Geneva, from Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November 2017, to reject the privatization of our lives, to unveil the un-truths of corporate ideology and the chaos of market failure, to construct alternatives based on the power of organized labour, and to fight for our firm belief: People Over Profit!

The Theme
Keeping with PSI’s tradition of paying homage to the Congress host country, we had the challenge to find something peculiar about Switzerland which could also highlight such an historical achievement: our 110th anniversary and 30th Congress.

And so we will bring together two thematic elements which are contemporary to PSI: Dadaism, a Swiss-based art movement which just celebrated its centennial; and Constructivism, an artistic political praxis intrinsically linked to the first workers’ revolution – also celebrating 100 years – which praises art as a tool for social change.

In 1916, a group of artists, misfits, political exiles and revolutionaries gathered in Switzerland to create the Dada movement. For the dadaists, the language and imagery of the established political order and ruling classes was, quite simply, complete nonsense.

Dada, as a movement, began in Zürich in 1916 as a reaction to the horrors World War I. Its proponents rejected the “reason”, “logic” and “rationale” of bourgeois capitalist society which had led to the of senseless deaths of millions of people on the battlefield.  The dadaists opted for expressions of nonsense, irony, chaos, iconoclasm and absurdity as a way of expressing their opposition. Making use of collage, sound poetry, and cut-up writing, the dadaists vigorously opposed the accepted norms and orthodoxies of their time.

The fact is that a century later, in an age where advertising relentlessly bombards the eye with impossible images, in an age where petulant politicians shout non-truths and nonsense, in an age where long-dead economic ideas are wheeled out and worshiped… in our age Dada’s rejection of orthodoxy remains more relevant than ever.

PSI’s 30th World Congress will be held at the

Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG)
17 rue de Varembé
CH – 1211 Genève 20
T +41 22 791 91 11
F+41 22 791 90 64
info@cicg.ch

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Pre-registration open now

This registration form (please click here) should ONLY be completed by participants who will be attending Congress at their own cost or who have been otherwise invited to do so by the PSI Secretariat.

Sponsorships are being processed through the regional bodies. Selected candidates will be contacted directly for registration in due course.

 

  • Jillian Bartlett,
    NUGFW,
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cyrille Duch,
    CFDT,
    France
  • Mariko Aoki,
    JICHIRO,
    Japan
  • Hannelore Reiner,
    Ver.di,
    Germany
  • Candice Owley,
    AFT,
    USA
  • Mirna Mneimneh,
    SRLTT,
    Lebanon
  • John Leirvaag,
    NTL,
    Norway
  • Lisa Bengtsson,
    Kommunal,
    Sweden

Gender mainstreaming of the whole programme of action means it will systematically take account of the impact on women.

A woman’s place is in her union but the union must also make place for women.

Jillian Bartlett,
NUGFW,
Trinidad and Tobago

  • Jillian Bartlett,
    NUGFW,
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cyrille Duch,
    CFDT,
    France
  • Mariko Aoki,
    JICHIRO,
    Japan
  • Hannelore Reiner,
    Ver.di,
    Germany
  • Candice Owley,
    AFT,
    USA
  • Mirna Mneimneh,
    SRLTT,
    Lebanon
  • John Leirvaag,
    NTL,
    Norway
  • Lisa Bengtsson,
    Kommunal,
    Sweden

Ce que j’attends du Congrès c’est qu’on démontre que la santé est une richesse, elle est trop souvent présentée comme un coût et la santé participe au bien commun de tous

et à ce titre elle mériterait d’être partagé comme richesse.

Cyrille Duch,
CFDT,
France

  • Jillian Bartlett,
    NUGFW,
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cyrille Duch,
    CFDT,
    France
  • Mariko Aoki,
    JICHIRO,
    Japan
  • Hannelore Reiner,
    Ver.di,
    Germany
  • Candice Owley,
    AFT,
    USA
  • Mirna Mneimneh,
    SRLTT,
    Lebanon
  • John Leirvaag,
    NTL,
    Norway
  • Lisa Bengtsson,
    Kommunal,
    Sweden

I’m excited to attend the PSI Congress for the first time and interested in discussing gender equality with people from different countries.

I am looking forward to meeting public sector trade unionists from around the world.

Mariko Aoki,
JICHIRO,
Japan

  • Jillian Bartlett,
    NUGFW,
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cyrille Duch,
    CFDT,
    France
  • Mariko Aoki,
    JICHIRO,
    Japan
  • Hannelore Reiner,
    Ver.di,
    Germany
  • Candice Owley,
    AFT,
    USA
  • Mirna Mneimneh,
    SRLTT,
    Lebanon
  • John Leirvaag,
    NTL,
    Norway
  • Lisa Bengtsson,
    Kommunal,
    Sweden

Ich hoffe, dass von dem Kongress ein Zeichen ausgeht, dass die Beschäftigten im öffentlichen Dienst alle zusammenhalten

und sich nicht in einen Krieg gegeneinander hetzen lassen.

Hannelore Reiner,
Ver.di,
Germany

  • Jillian Bartlett,
    NUGFW,
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cyrille Duch,
    CFDT,
    France
  • Mariko Aoki,
    JICHIRO,
    Japan
  • Hannelore Reiner,
    Ver.di,
    Germany
  • Candice Owley,
    AFT,
    USA
  • Mirna Mneimneh,
    SRLTT,
    Lebanon
  • John Leirvaag,
    NTL,
    Norway
  • Lisa Bengtsson,
    Kommunal,
    Sweden

Congress will be a very exciting time to express clearly that public services are the key to a quality society and quality of life.

Only quality public services can ensure a good life for all people and not just the rich. Our Congress will make that clear to the world.

Candice Owley,
AFT,
USA

  • Jillian Bartlett,
    NUGFW,
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cyrille Duch,
    CFDT,
    France
  • Mariko Aoki,
    JICHIRO,
    Japan
  • Hannelore Reiner,
    Ver.di,
    Germany
  • Candice Owley,
    AFT,
    USA
  • Mirna Mneimneh,
    SRLTT,
    Lebanon
  • John Leirvaag,
    NTL,
    Norway
  • Lisa Bengtsson,
    Kommunal,
    Sweden

In my view, Congress represents a revolution for the workers,

especially in the region of Africa and Arab countries.

Mirna Mneimneh,
SRLTT,
Lebanon

  • Jillian Bartlett,
    NUGFW,
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cyrille Duch,
    CFDT,
    France
  • Mariko Aoki,
    JICHIRO,
    Japan
  • Hannelore Reiner,
    Ver.di,
    Germany
  • Candice Owley,
    AFT,
    USA
  • Mirna Mneimneh,
    SRLTT,
    Lebanon
  • John Leirvaag,
    NTL,
    Norway
  • Lisa Bengtsson,
    Kommunal,
    Sweden

I hope that at Congress we can discuss how to tackle the problem of multinationals hiding money and not paying taxes.

Because taxes are the foundation for providing public services.

John Leirvaag,
NTL,
Norway

  • Jillian Bartlett,
    NUGFW,
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cyrille Duch,
    CFDT,
    France
  • Mariko Aoki,
    JICHIRO,
    Japan
  • Hannelore Reiner,
    Ver.di,
    Germany
  • Candice Owley,
    AFT,
    USA
  • Mirna Mneimneh,
    SRLTT,
    Lebanon
  • John Leirvaag,
    NTL,
    Norway
  • Lisa Bengtsson,
    Kommunal,
    Sweden

I want to discuss ways to organise better, to get more members so we can become stronger unions.


To make better societies and create better working life for our members.

Lisa Bengtsson,
Kommunal,
Sweden

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