PSI - A Robin Hood Tax for the Common Good

Over 1,000 people take to the street to speak out for fair taxes everywhere at Public Services International.  

Durban, South Africa (29 Nov. 2012) – Over 1,000 people attending the Public Services International (PSI) World Congress in Durban, South Africa donned bright green Robin Hood hats in support of the global campaign to implement financial transactions taxes (FTT) in countries around the world.

Guest speakers addressed the crowd during a special Robin Hood Tax for the Common Good lunch-hour event at the Durban International Convention Centre outdoor plaza.

PSI affiliate unions from Canada, South Africa, France, Brazil, Japan, the United States and numerous other countries are working with hundreds of civil society organisations in this major international campaign. The European Union is poised to adopt the FTT, following sustained lobbying by campaign partners including PSI affiliates.

In Canada, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has been one of the leading organizations in the campaign.  National Secretary-Treasurer Larry Brown participated in one of the PSI Congress' discussion forums on the FTT.

NUPGE delegates to the PSI Derek Fudge, Elisabeth Ballermann and Larry Brown.

Fair taxation is key to the equitable redistribution of wealth. A small tax on financial transactions would mean big change for people. Such a 'Robin Hood Tax' could help fund good sustainable jobs, tackle poverty and inequality, make public services accessible to all, and strengthen the global fight against climate change.

PSI members, who represent 20 million public service workers around the world, and civil society allies are sending a strong message: it's time financiers paid their fair share for the common good.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE