Every five years, PSI holds its World Congress where discussion and decisions strengthen our activities and organising ability.
The PSI 2018-22 Programme of Action (PoA), titled People Over Profit, will guide our global action, in all areas of PSI policy and activity, over a five-year period. The PoA has been kept as short as possible. Once it has been passed by Congress, a short summary will be produced for affiliates to use to explain PSI work and priorities to staff and members, with a focus on how international work affects their everyday lives.
Summary of Key Points
The proposed PoA builds on the current political priorities of PSI.
Section 1, Introduction, outlines the international threats and opportunities that PSI and its members face. It reminds us that our struggle cannot be separated from the broader struggles of all workers, and the struggles for democracy, human rights and justice for all.It then goes on to outline the threats of corporate power, rising inequality, increased racism and xenophobia and the unique place that public service workers and unions occupy in the current global turmoil. It argues that we must be bold in our vision and we must be prepared to lead.
Section 2, Building the Power to Create the World We Want, outlines the importance of building our power to create change. It identifies organising workers, growing our unions and projecting our power as crucial to our success. It outlines how PSI’s power relies critically on the size, unity and activity of our affiliates. At the request of EB-149 (November 2016), all sections of the PoA contain actions for PSI affiliates. Section 2 goes on to argue for internal democracy and workers’ participation, ensuring all workers are brought into the union movement, and for building broad alliances with users of public services, private sector unions and other allies. It makes the case for clear analysis, bold demands, workers’ education and effective communication and lobbying.
Section 3, Respect and Dignity for All, outlines our commitment to respect and dignity for all. It makes the case for acknowledging historical injustice, ending all discrimination, taking specific action to remedy injustice and the importance of shifting power in society. It includes new sections on migrants and refugees, racism and xenophobia, LGBTQI workers, indigenous peoples and disabled workers. It acknowledges PSI Women’s Committee’s lead role for gender mainstreaming, but that men must also play a critically important role. It commits to expanding the support for young workers in PSI decision-making and their central role in PSI actions.
Section 4, A Just Global Economy, outlines PSI’s vision for an alternative and just global economy. It articulates the challenges of rising inequality, changes in the labour market, the scandalous rise in corporate power and the role of global financial institutions in maintaining neoliberal policies and practices. This section deals with tax justice, debt, trade, corruption, sustainable development, climate change, pensions and digitalisation.
Section 5, Trade Union and Labour Rights, outlines the central role PSI plays in defending the trade union rights of its affiliates against unprecedented attacks, particularly on collective bargaining and the right to strike in public services. It outlines how we will help defend and extend these rights to ensure that workers can exercise their human rights and improve their wages and conditions.
Section 6, Fighting Privatisation, restates PSI’s commitment to quality public services and their role in assisting the most vulnerable and needy in society. It outlines the human rights, social justice and economic rationale for quality public services, the threats posed by privatisation and how we will meet them.
Section 7, Making Sectors Stronger, details the important role of sectors in PSI’s struggle. It outlines how equalities, cross-cutting issues, privatisation and trade union rights work will be incorporated and driven through sectoral work. It sets out how we will strengthen our sector networks and organise to defend our affiliates and their members. It lists specific action for each of PSI’s five sectors.
PSI video series – One Day.
One of the key demands of PSI’s 2017 Congress is to ensure that our affiliates and the workers they represent are on show; their victories celebrated, their struggles recognized and their stories shared.
To achieve this, PSI Communications has decided to create a series of video-profiles; short 10-15 minute documentaries on the fight for quality public services across the world. The videos will be made available to congress attendees through viewing booths and regular screenings as well as uploaded to the internet through an interactive ‘around the world’ series to ensure all our members have access to these stories and are able to see their involvement in the wider movement.
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DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF NOMINATIONS FOR PRESIDENT / GENERAL SECRETARY
Constitution Annex 4, Election of President and of General Secretary, a)
(excerpt) … nominations for the positions of President and General Secretary should be received by the Elections Officer identified in Article 6, paragraph 9 at least two months before Congress.
DEADLINE FOR AFFILIATES TO AUTHORISE PROXY VOTE
Constitution Annex 4, Participation at Congress, h)
Any affiliated organisation unable to be represented at Congress may authorise the delegate of another organisation from the same sub-region to represent it. Such authorisation shall be valid on condition that the General Secretary of PSI is informed of it in writing four weeks in advance by the organisation giving authority. No organisation may exercise the proxy votes of more than three other organisations.
Deadline for affiliates to submit emergency resolutions to PSI
Public Services International brings together more than 20 million workers, represented by over 700 unions in 154 countries and territories. In Switzerland, PSI has three affiliates:
Syndicat Suisse des Services Publics
The SSP trade union represents public service workers and defends public services. Anyone who works in the public sector – whether you are a teacher, a nurse, an administrative assistant, a town council gardener, social worker or firefighter can join the SSP.
It does not matter whether your employer is the Confederation, a canton, a commune or a private company that has a contract to deliver public services, you will always be welcome! In the SSP, it is the members who count. The SSP has 35,000 members, all reflecting on and taking action to defend the future of their profession, the world of work and public services.
Staff Union of the International Labour Organization
The objects of the Union shall be to defend and promote the professional, economic and social interests of all persons in the employment of the International Labour Organization, particularly by the satisfactory regulation and improvement of conditions of employment, work and welfare in the widest sense; to defend the interests of persons formerly in the employment of the ILO; to cooperate with the Director-General in seeking to reach the objectives of the Organization and ensure the efficient working of the Organization; and to safeguard the status, independence and safety of all categories of staff employed by the ILO.
Moreover, the Union shall participate in defending the rights of the international civil service, in particular defending the independence, terms and conditions of employment and the safety of international civil servants.
In order to promote the fundamental trade union rights and to improve international civil servants’ terms and conditions of employment, the Union may work with persons from other international organizations and their associations or unions, as well as with any other similar structure.
The UNOG Staff Coordinating Council is the union for all staff at UNOG (which includes UNCTAD, OCHA, ECE, OHCHR, UNRISD and other Secretariat staff in Geneva).
The Council has 25 seats, which are filled by election. The Council in turn elects an Executive Bureau. Information on the Council's activities are contained on this site.
The Coordinating Council is not mandated to assist Geneva-based staff of the funds and programmes (UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR) nor staff of the specialized agencies. These staff are requested to contact their respective unions.