Public Services International

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Full name Public Services International
Founded 1907
Members 20 million in 154 countries
Affiliation Global union federation
Key people Dave Prentis, President
Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary
Office location Ferney-Voltaire, France
Country International

Public Services International (PSI) is a global union federation of 669 public services trade unions representing 20 million workers in 154 countries.[1] PSI represents workers in social services, health care, municipal services, central government and public utilities.


In March 1907, the executive of the German “Verband der Gemeinde- und Staatsarbeiter” (Federation of Municipal and State Workers), based in Berlin, issued a call to “workers employed in municipal and state undertakings, in power stations, in gas and water works, in all countries” to attend an international conference in August, 1907, in Stuttgart. Four Danes, two Dutchmen, eight Germans, a Hungarian, a Swede and a Swiss met in the Stuttgart trade union building for the First Congress of Public Services International.[2]


PSI is involved in the movement against privatisation of public services by corporations across the world. PSI also works against tax evasion by multinational corporations and is a founding member of the International Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation.[3] PSI's pro-worker stance has put it at odds with the WTO, World Bank and IMF who predominantly promote market solutions.[4]

PSI works in partnership with affiliate trade unions, other Global Union Federations and NGOs such as the Our World is Not For Sale Network.

PSI's current General Secretary is Rosa Pavanelli.

Public Services International Research Unit[edit]

Financed by PSI, Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) researches the privatisation and restructuring of public services around the world, with special focus on water, energy, waste management, and healthcare. Established in 2000, it is part of the Business School of the University of Greenwich, UK.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Public Services International". Public Services International. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Public Services International Union Celebrates Centennial". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Public Services International Research Unit". PSIRU. University of Greenwich, Business. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Public Services International Research Unit". PSIRU. Retrieved August 3, 2015.