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PSI extends full support to nationwide strike in India

Two-day nationwide general strike to protest against “anti-labour, anti-people and anti-national policies of the government’ was hold by Indian workers and their trade unions on January 8-9, 2019. PSI extends full support and solidarity to its affiliates, other unions and the workers of India participating in the strike action. In the PSI Solidarity Message for All India General Strike was emphasized that: "We recognise the outstanding work of the energy sector unions, through the National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers who have organised across the country to oppose further privatisation of the essential public utility. As workers are seeking to increase the availability and affordability of energy through public ownership it is you, not governments, who are defending energy as an essential service. We are ready to support your ongoing actions to ensure the right to affordable energy is delivered and the rights of energy workers respected.”

Source: PSI

Global Labour Remunicipalisation workshop

A growing body of research and documentation shows that cities, communities, and in some cases states, are increasingly bringing back public services from private to public ownership due to the failure of privatization to keep its promises in term of cost effectiveness, service quality and user access. PSI recently held a workshop bringing together trade unions and allies from around the world to share experiences of remunicipalisation and strategies for bringing public services back in-house.

Source: peopleoverprof.it

UN poverty expert warns against tsunami of unchecked privatisation

PSI welcomes this ground-breaking new report on "Extreme poverty and Human rights" which finds that "widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating human rights protections and further marginalising those living in poverty". "This report will certainly be helpful in pushing for an open debate at the UN on the impact of privatisation and whether PPPs are truly fit for purpose" says PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli.

Global Unions Critique the World Bank’s flagship report at the Annual Meeting

The World Bank’s World Development Report 2019:The Changing Nature of Work, has attracted significant criticism from trade unions and civil society since a draft was circulated earlier this year. PSI and BWI responded to the draft report and the work of the bank and its lending arm in a panel organised by PSI, BWI, UNI and ITUC, at the World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum.

Source: PSI

PSI affiliate suspects fishy deal following announcement of Meralco Consortium as new manager of electricity in Ghana

The Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU), a PSI affiliate in Ghana, is accusing the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) and the government of Ghana of intentionally excluding them from the Evaluation Panel during the last round of negotiations that led to the selection of the concessionaire, Meralco Consortium, a Philippines firm, to manage the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Source: www.world-psi.org

NO to Privatisation of Ambulatory Surgical Care at HUG

The Geneva University Hospitals, HUG (Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève) recently issued tenders for private “partners” to run its ambulatory operation services, through a public-private partnership (PPP). This, as PSI Swiss affiliate le Syndicat des Services Publics (SSP) has pointed out, is a surreptitious introduction of privatisation of surgical care.

Source: PSI

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