The article “Facing the Pandemic in Latin America: An analysis of vulnerabilities after 30 years of neoliberalism” analyzes the arguments and perspectives that led to depleted health and other public services in the region over the past few decades. It is the second of a series of four articles by Public Services International (PSI) in association with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
In a letter to the Philippine government’s Covid response team, PSI health sector affiliates – Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW), Confederation of Independent Unions in the Public Sector (CIU), Philippine Government Employees Association (PGEA), Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK), Philippines Independent Public Sector Employees Association (PIPSEA) – reiterated the health workers’ call for government to address issues relating to hospital workforce deficiency, failure of case finding & isolation and contact tracing & quarantine, health workers’ transportation and workplace safety and social amelioration, and public compliance with self-protection measures.
Public Services International (PSI) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation are producing a series of four articles that investigate how free trade agreements, neoliberalism, and the lack of tax justice in Latin America have undermined the health and socioeconomic development strategies in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s a pity that it took a global pandemic for the worth of health professionals in France to finally be recognized. On 13 July, French trade unions finally signed an agreement for the health sector. More than 1 million health sector employees will benefit from this historic agreement.
On 23 July 2020, during its 129th session, the Human Rights Committee adopted its first-ever interpretation of Article 21 of the Covenant, which asserts the right to peaceful assembly.
In an exclusive Op-ed for The Progressive International, PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli has shared her views on how to prevent finance and the far right from shaping the Covid-19 recovery in their interests.
At yesterday's UN Multi-Stakeholder Hearing - Accelerating the Realization of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of all Women and Girls, Misun Woo of APWLD, reminds us of the call to for actions made in Beijing, and in particular to “expand ‘public-public partnership’ to realise governments’ human rights obligations as duty-bearers and people’s sovereignty as right holders.”
The figure, revealed in new Amnesty International report "Exposed, silenced, attacked: Failures to protect health and essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic", is nevertheless likely to be a significant underestimate
Public Services International supports initiatives that materialize the principle that medications and vaccines are public goods. Parliaments around the world have already approved or are approving laws to facilitate the granting of production licenses of COVID-19 medications and vaccines.
In order to strengthen refugee protection and assistance in the MENA region, a webinar was held on 30 June 2020 in commemoration of World Refugee Day, organized by PSI and its affiliates in the region.
Approximately 74 journalists/media practitioners and leaders of the five Indonesian unions (SP PLN Persero, PP Indonesia Power, SP PJB, SPEE FSPMI, and Serbuk Indonesia) came together for a virtual Press Conference held on 9 July 2020. Unions strongly rejected the controversial Omnibus Law Employment Creation draft Bill, over potential reductions in their rights, remuneration and job security, among other points.