Global Unions

Public Service International

13 March 2008: PSI is the global union federation for public sector trade unions. PSI represents some 650 affiliated trade unions in 150 countries. Together, these unions organise more than 20 million public sector workers, providing services in central government, health and social care, municipal and community services, and public utilities.

PSI represents the interests of public sector workers. Since 1907, when it was founded, PSI has co-ordinated public sector struggles for workers’ rights, social and economic justice, and efficient and accessible public services.

PSI campaigns to improve the quality of public services. This involves working closely with international organisations, national governments, consumer lobbies, community organisations and NGOs.

PSI solidarity and union development projects help affiliated unions by providing training and capacity-building support on the ground, especially in countries where trade unions are fighting for recognition.

PSI presents the public sector case at the International Labour Organisation and other United Nations bodies, the World Bank and the regional development banks, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organisation, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development and many others. PSI has active women’s committees at global, regional and sub-regional levels, and all decision-making structures are based on gender parity.

PSI has regional bases in Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Togo, Ukraine and the USA.

PSI works closely together with the ITUC - the International Trade Union Confederation - and other union federations, in particular EI, the Education International, and the European Federation of Public Service Unions