Over 1000 Robin Hoods at the Public Services International world Congress

Over 1000 Robin Hoods at the Public Services International world Congress
November 29th 2012 / 
Robin Hood
 

By Teresa Marshall, Public Services International

 

Public Services International (PSI) and affiliates have lobbied global financial institutions such as the World Bank and built support for campaigns that link the need for fair taxes, such as through a financial transactions tax, to fund quality public services. 

During the PSI World Congress in Durban, South Africa, over 1000 delegates wearing Robin Hood hats called for the introduction of a Robin Hood Tax. Guest speakers included Jean Ross of National Nurses Union, USA which is working with PSI, union members and global allies in the financial transactions tax movement, Katsuhiko Sato, JICHIRO (All-Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers Union), Japan, and Pooven Moodley, Oxfam International, South Africa.

Moodley told delegates that there is a huge potential to raise money from the tax to improve the quality of public services for all. The Robin Hood tax campaign exists in more then 40 countries, and “with PSI on the team” said Moodley, “we are increasing it with 20 million people right now.” 

PSI affiliate unions through COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions)successfully lobbied the South African government to speak up in the G20 (last year) in favour of an FTT.  

 

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