Public Services International

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Public Services International is a global trade union federation representing 20m working women and men who deliver vital public services in 163 countries. PSI champions human rights, advocates for social justice and promotes universal access to quality public services. PSI works with the United Nations system and in partnership with labour, civil society and other organisations.

Public Services International brings together more than 20 million workers, represented by over 700 unions in 154 countries and territories. We are a global trade union federation dedicated to promoting quality public services in every part of the world. PSI is represented in Europe by the European Federation of Public Service Unions, based in Brussels. For more on our activities in this region, see the EPSU website. You can also view a list of European affiliates.

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Public Services International Research Unit

PSIRU was set up in 1998 to carry out empirical research into privatisation, public services, and globalisation. It is based in the Business School, University of Greenwich, UK. PSIRU's research is based on the maintenance of an extensive database of information on the economic, political, financial, social and technical experience with privatisations of public services worldwide. The core work is funded by Public Services International, the global confederation of public service trade unions.
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  • Apr.2016: Public ownership of the UK energy system – benefits, costs and processes. The possibility of a return to public ownership of the UK energy system has increased since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour party. This paper sets out the advantages of public ownership; the extent of public ownership in other countries; how the process of returning to the public sector could work in the UK – taking full account of EU law; and calculates realistic estimates of the cost, the possible impact on debt, and the scale of the benefits. David Hall, Visiting professor, Faculty of Business, University of Greenwich, PSIRU.
  • Sept.04.2015: Securitas profile Aim: To provide a company profile of Securitas UK and Securitas AB. PSIRU, Dr Pauline McGovern, Dr Jane Lethbridge
  • Mar.2015: Health Care Reforms and the Rise of Global Multinational Health Care Companies. Overall, the contribution of public-private partnerships and NGOs has started to overtake contributions by govts. TTIP and TiSA form a threat to the future of public health and social care services by treating them as part of the services sector. The introduction of business principles to the management of public health and social care services, as part of health sector reform, has resulted in public services operating more like businesses with a focus on income generation, in preparation for privatisation. Many health and social care services, including core and support services, are now outsourced. Decentralisation policies have transferred responsibility for management and funding from national/ central government to local level, which has often led to a reduction of resources for health services and increased inequities between regions. PSIRU, Jane Lethbridge
  • Apr.2015: Our Public Water Future: The global experience with remunicipalisation. This book provides the most comprehensive catalogue of water remunicipalisation cases produced so far. It looks at: the experiences with water remunicipalisation in key countries (France, the US, and Germany), and important cities (Paris and Jakarta); the challenge posed to public water services by investor protection clauses; the position of the trade union movement vis-à-vis remunicipalisation; and performance evaluation as a way of measuring the success of remunicipalisation. PSIRU, Emanuele Lobina