Priority areas and campaigns

Our annual delegate conference determines our international policy, and PCS is affiliated to and otherwise supports a number of organisations to help achieve these policies.

Current policy areas cover:

  • Protecting and promoting public services internationally
  • Human rights in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Workers’ rights and labour issues across the globe

Protecting public services

A major focus of PCS’ domestic and international work has been to resist and promote alternatives to the programmes of austerity that have caused so much damage to hard-fought-for public services in the UK and across Europe and other parts of the globe.

PCS cooperates with PSI and EPSU sister unions in the fight to defend cuts to public services and jobs wherever they occur in our fields of influence.

Through uniting in solidarity with these organisations and working with sympathetic and supportive MEPs we seek to provide practical campaigning and lobbying support to workers across the European Union.

TTIP - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is about privatisation at the core and new trading regimes.  It poses threats to any attempts to re-nationalise public services, trade union rights and contains the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.

UK trade unions, including PCS, and other civil societies - as members of the NoTTIP coalition - are making every effort to raise awareness of the trade agreement negotiations and the threats TTIP poses to public services, employment and trade union rights and the environment.

The PCS brief outlines why PCS opposes TTIP, why we believe all public services should be protected within any trade treaty and what members can do to support the growing campaign against TTIP.

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

PCS is a key campaigner in the UK for the rights of Palestinian people.

We campaign alongside the TUC, other trades unions and human rights groups on implementing conference policy, which covers:

  • The systematic and continuing denial of human rights to the Palestinian people
  • The Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign in response to the ongoing illegal occupation of and building of settlements in the West Bank by Israel.

PCS also supports the development of free and independent trade unions in other parts of the region following the so-called ‘Arab Springs’.

Latin America 

Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist, and PCS supports ongoing campaigning work by Justice for Colombia to establish the right of freedom of association for trade unionists without fear of intimidation or death.

PCS also supports the considerable advances in Cuba and Venezuela which have benefited the poor majorities in these countries, and the right of both Cuba and Venezuela to determine their own futures free from international interference.

Southern Africa 

PCS has developed links with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU) and South Africa Metropolitan Workers Union (SAMWU).

Working with Action for Southern Africa our aim is to create more awareness on issues affecting Swaziland, including public sector cuts and attacks on trade union rights.

South and Western Asia

PCS works with the Stop the War Coalition, and Hands Off the People of Iran to oppose ongoing foreign intervention in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.

Human rights and ethical trade

PCS works closely with War on Want and Amnesty International to promote trade union rights and decent work, and to challenge human rights violations and child labour.

A tragic illustration of the need for improved working conditions was the appalling loss of life in April 2013 at a textile factory in Bangladesh; PCS members responded by passing an emergency motion at their annual delegate conference the following month.

In support of trade justice and ethical trade PCS is a member of the Trade Justice Movement and publicises the FairTrade initiative.


The contents of this webpage are the sole responsibility of PCS and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union. 

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