The Cost of Commissioning: Report

  • 26 February 2016

The Research Report on the Proposed Reforms to Western Australian Prisons Sector by Associate Professor Jane Andrew, Dr Max Baker and Dr Phillip Roberts from the University of Sydney is now available.  This research report emerges from a larger research project, entitled ‘The Costs, Performance, Efficiency and Accountability of Australian Private Prisons’ which examines the effects of prison privatization in different states within Australia, and evaluates the types

Commissioning: the New Privatisation

  • 21 January 2016

The Western Australian government has recently concluded an inquiry into prisons and the recommendations point to an alarming new trend in the management of public prisons called commissioning.  The inquiry was conducted by the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA), which was charged with looking into options to improve the efficiency and performance of WA prisons.


Welcome NZ's New PSA National Secretary

  • 20 January 2016

Congratulations from across the ditch to Glenn Barclay who has been nominated as the new national secretary of New Zealand’s largest union, the Public Service Association (PSA).  Glenn is taking over the role of Richard Wagstaff who has been national secretary for 16 years and is now moving on to his new role as president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.  Glenn will join fellow national secretary Erin Polaczuk to lead the 62,000 strong membership.  Glenn is a familiar face within our region and the Public Services Internati

Grand Alibi's - How Privatisation Shortchanges Services

  • 3 December 2015

The Centre for Policy Development, has produced a new report entitled Grand Alibishow declining public sector capability affects services for the disadvantaged, which asks whether "contracting out improved the public sector's capability to address persistent disadvantage and meet complex needs?"   The report argues that government’s role in designing and delivering integrated, flexible and holistic human services is more important than ever, but that the capabilities it needs to do so are u

Protecting the Public from Predatory Privatisation

  • 3 December 2015
Rosa Pavanelli PSI Secretary with Karen Batt

As a result of the global attacks on Government provision of services and infrastructure, the Public Services International, the global Union Federation of public service unions, called a meeting of all major affiliates across the world, which was held at the AFSCME Offices (US Public Sector Union) in Washington DC in early December 2015.  For the last two days public services' union leaders from across the globe and policy leaders from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S.

Tax Avoidance by US multinationals costs Australia

  • 26 November 2015

A new report, released in Europe, highlights the need for governments around the globe to urgently address international corporate tax system loopholes.  The report is timely, given the Turnbull Liberal Government’s current tax reform agenda.  The report, ‘Still Broken’, illustrates how United States corporations have avoided an estimated $US1.45 billion of tax in Australia each year by shifting their profits to low or no tax countries. 

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Signed

  • 7 October 2015

The TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) parties have reached in-principle agreement.  The details are still secret and won’t be made public for at least another month.  Despite wide-spread public opposition to the trade agreement, specifically the pharmaceutical support arrangements and the investor-state dispute settlement clause, the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) have now reached in-principle agreement.  The TPP is a huge multilateral agreement covering Australia, New Zealand, Canada

Helping Hand for Norfolk Island PSA

  • 16 September 2015

There are six flights a week to and from Norfolk Island, made up of two from Sydney, two from Brisbane and two from Auckland.  The airport and not the town centre is arguably the most important hub on the Island, it is where the Island’s residents meet, greet and congregate.  Almost everyone you speak to on the Island appears to know the airline schedule, and being a part-time operation, many hold a second or third job there for a few hours a week.  It makes a strange sight when through the window of your departing plane you spot someone who served you in a shop or waited a table only a few

Anti Worker Laws tabled in U.K.

  • 14 September 2015

The UK government published the Trade Union Bill in July and it contains wide-ranging measures designed to restrict the ability of union members to organise collectively and take industrial action.  These include thresholds for turnouts in strike ballots, restrictions on the right to picket and the removal of the ban on the use of agency workers to replace striking workers.  The government expects that the Second Reading of the Bill will take place in the House of Commons either in September or October 2015 after a short summer consultation which PSI considers insufficient to ensure the wid