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Publications (94)

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Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

A common narrative in the human rights community is that human rights are neutral towards the type of water and sanitation provision and provider. The present report challenges this narrative. In the report, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller, starts from the premise that specific risks to the enjoyment of the human rights to water and sanitation in situations of privatization exist, and that the exploration of the legal, theoretical and empirical dimensions of these risks is necessary and relevant.

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Taking our public services back in house - Compendium of 50 remunicipalisation case studies

This compendium of 50 remunicipalisation case studies is the second part of the report "Taking our public services back in house", a remunicipalisation guide for workers and trade unions. Commissioned by PSI to Dr. Vera Weghmann from the University of Greenwich, this new guide provides a timely, extensive analysis and case studies to support PSI affiliates in the process of reclaiming public service ownership and control in the common interest.

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Strong public and social housing services: a key asset in halting global pandemics

As public authorities seek to provide lockdown and safety measures to beat Covid-19, and are forced to rethink and adapt their policies, public and social housing clearly emerge as an essential part of the solution to beating pandemics and protecting public health. Read here PSI’s new paper “Strong public and social housing services: a key asset in halting global pandemics.”

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COVID-19 and public emergency services

This ILO policy brief addresses issues relating to public sector workers who perform frontline duties in confronting the COVID-19 crisis in the name of the State, often described as essential services. The brief discusses their role in dealing with the crisis, the measures that governments have taken to support their work and the ILO principles and tools, including international labour standards, that protect them. The brief further explains how organisations like PSI - which has launched a global campaign on its PeopleOverProfit platform, called “Safe Workers Save Lives” - are demanding that governments across the world take urgent COVID-related measures to protect workers.