The influences on the working lives of PCS members now extend far beyond the borders of the UK and Ireland.
Economic crises don't respect national boundaries, as we are all engaged in the struggle to protect our public services. PCS has built up good relationships with sister trade unions around the globe and through European and global trade union federations to promote and protect our members' interests and concerns.
In many countries trade unionists risk intimidation or jail for active membership of a union. Solidarity is the very basis of trade unionism, and it shouldn't stop at national borders.
PCS is proud to campaign for human rights and against inequality and injustice.
Freedom for Ocalan Campaign: New eBook 'The Time Has Come’
PCS is affiliated to the trade union Freedom for Ocalan campaign. The campaign is supported by 14 major UK trade unions, and is demanding the release of all Kurdish political prisoners, end to the campaign of intimidation and violence against trade unionists and the opposition of any invasion of the free Kurdish cantons of Rojava.
The original publication explains the urgency of the campaign to free Ocalan and how transformative Abdullah Ocalan's just release would be for region and as the first step to securing a much-needed peace. Learn about:
- Who is Abdullah Ocalan, and why is he such a significant figure in Turkey and beyond?
- The history of the Kurds and their historical and modern-day struggles for liberty.
- The Turkish state's attacks on the trade union movement and civil society.
- Rojava and the women revolution
The Freedom for Ocalan campaign urges trade unionist to read the free publication, to gain a better understanding why trade union branches and committees are encouraged to support this urgent campaign.
Persecution campaign against the Uyghur people
The PCS National Executive Committee carried a motion expressing its alarm over the Chinese government’s mounting campaign of persecution against the Uyghur people. They and people of other national minorities such as Kazakhs and Uzbeks face arbitrary detention on a mass scale in concentration camps
The Uyghur are a people of Muslim and Turkic heritage, and other Central Asian Muslim-majority people within the Chinese borders. The arbitrary detention of the Uyghurs and people of other national minorities such as Kazakhs and Uzbeks on a mass scale in concentration camps continues and is now increasingly reported by media around the world and Amnesty International.
We express our solidarity with the Uyghurs and all oppressed people, workers and students in China fighting for democratic and social rights; and call for these outrages to end immediately.
The NEC also resolved to campaign for the rights of the Uyghur people to live free from arbitrary detention and state harassment, and to demand the closure of the internment camps in Xinjiang region; and explore political avenues to speak up on the issue of human rights for the Uyghur people and particular to put pressure on the government to support the Uyghurs and condemn the actions of the Chinese state.
Read more on Amnesty International's website.