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More than 1200 representatives from public sector unions around the world will gather in Ottawa for the 27th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI).


The PSI World Congress takes place every five years and draws top-level union leaders from every part of the globe.

PSI is a global union federation representing public sector unions in 146 countries. The 598 affiliated unions represent more than(20 million public sector workers. Four Canadian unions are affiliated to PSI: the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU-Canada).


Monday 2 September to Friday 6 September, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Congress Hall, Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa


Public services – and public sector workers – around the world are under attack as funding is cut, services are privatized and trade agreements threaten public control of public services.

The theme of the World Congress is Quality Public Services – Our Right! Delegates are meeting to debate and adopt the PSI five-year Programme of Action which looks at: Public sector workers and their work; Winning workers’ rights; Equality, equity and diversity; and Union development and international solidarity.

The agenda for the 27th World Congress includes the launch of the PSI Global Campaign for Quality Public Services on September 4 and the PSI Pay Equity Campaign on September 5.


Provision has been made in the Congress Hall to accommodate media. As well, there is a reserved work area for journalists with telephone and internet connections in the Delegates Secretariat, in Room D/H adjacent to the Congress Hall.

Media credentials can be obtained at the Canadian Office, Coatcheck A&B, Congress Level.

Congress materials are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Swedish. Sessions are interpreted into English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Swedish, Russian, Italian, and Finnish.

For further information contact:

Sandra Sorensen, office (613) 237-1590, cell (613) 282-6225

Laurie Kingston, office (613) 237-1590, cell (613) 266-1415

Or visit world-psi.org