PSI General Secretary
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Rosa Pavanelli is General Secretary of the global union federation Public Services International. She was elected at PSI’s World Congress in November 2012 and was re-elected for a second mandate in November 2017.
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In March 2016, Rosa was nominated as Commissioner on the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth (UN ComHEEG), representing the trade union movement, health workers and public services.
Rosa is also a member of the United Nations High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters and of the Cornell University International Labour Relations Worker Institute Advisory Council. She also collaborates closely with the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT).
Rosa Pavanelli was elected to the FP-CGIL* National Secretariat in 2002 and led the European and International Department from 2005 to 2012. Prior to that, she was responsible for the municipal and healthcare sector and was FP-CGIL General Secretary of the Lombardy region. In these roles, she led successful campaigns against water and health privatisation and led the first European project on the role of public services for an inclusive policy for migrants and asylum seekers.
* Funzione Pubblica – Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro (Public Services branch of the Italian General Confederation of Labour).
Almost a year after the start of the pandemic, we still face a lack of PPEs and a shortage of health professionals. According to PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli, this shows both the total absence of a clear "strategic approach" to deal with Covid-19 and the results of 30 years of austerity programs.