On 12-14 October, representatives from UNISON attended the 31st Public Services International (PSI) conference in Geneva.
PSI is the global union federation for public services workers, UNISON’s international equivalent. It represents 30 million workers in 750 unions across 156 countries and hosts a global conference every five years. Around a thousand delegates attended this year’s conference.
UNISON’s delegation was led by the union’s president Libby Nolan. The union’s general secretary Christina McAnea (pictured) appeared on several panels and chaired the opening panel of the congress, which discussed the problems facing public services worldwide.
UNISON is one of the biggest unions affiliated to PSI and has historically played a leading role in its operations, with former UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis holding the position of PSI president for the last 14 years. Mr Prentis stepped down from his leadership of PSI at this year’s conference.
UNISON’s head of international relations Nick Crook said: “UNISON is a longstanding affiliate of PSI. We’re proud of the role we play and recognise the importance of having a global federation. PSI is our voice to the UN and the ILO and the World Health Organisation.”