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Name Public Services International
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Geographic Scope Global
Subject Focus Expertise Public sector services
Contact E-mail: psi@world-psi.org
URL http://www.world-psi.org/
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Mission/Mandate

Founded in 1907, 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, muicipal and community services, and public utilities. PSI represents the public sector case at United Nations bodies, OECD, the World Bank and many other organisations.

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

PSI on Water

PSI unions have been resisting the privatisation of water, which has been imposed on their countries by a number of international organisations. Water services are by their nature a monopoly service, and they must remain under public ownership and management. The fact that a number of countries are unable to provide water services to all of their citizens does not mean that privatisation is the best solution. PSI advocates a systematic, global strengthening of public water utilities, with appropriate mechanisms, including citizen and worker participation in decision making.

Key Resources

See also complete list of WaterWiki-documented PSI-Publications


Publications

  • Water as a Public Service - This paper is about how the international community can support the governments, public institutions, citizens and workers of developing countries in extending and improving water and sanitation services. It is based on extensive empirical research over the last decade on water services in transition and developing countries..
  • Pipe Dreams:The failure of the private sector to invest in water services in developing countrues (2006) - This report comprehensively demonstrates that water privatisation has failed to deliver even the investment promised, let alone sufficient investment to connect new communities in the kinds of numbers needed to tackle the global water crisis. For perhaps the first time, this report puts a figure on how few new connections resulting from private sector investment have been made in the parts of the world where the need is greatest.
  • Water in Public Hands - Many organisations encourage developing countries to privatise water through some form of public -private partnership (PPP) or private sector participation (PSP). The alternative of a public sector water undertaking (PWU) is ignored, although public sector water undertakings are the providers of water and sanitation services for the great majority of the population in developed countries. Ignoring this option means that the main competitor to any of the private companies is being excluded. Yet there is evidence of problems with PPPs, and evidence that the public sector can successfully operate PWUs in developing countries, which the booklet sets out.
  • PSI Environment Action Programme


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