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Pandemic and neoliberalism: The bill just arrived

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.

Philippines: PSI affiliates urge government to heed health workers’ distress call

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-public partnerships help redistribute power, wealth and opportunities

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.”

Refugee Protection in the MENA Region amid the Covid-19 pandemic

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.

Electricity unions in Indonesia reject Omnibus law that could lead to privatization of the sector

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.