PSI Inter-america seminar on digitalization

23 Nov 2020 Washington, DC, USA 23 Nov - 25 Nov

PSI Inter-america seminar on digitalization

  • 23 Nov - 25 Nov
  • Washington, DC, USA

Digitalization has already had a dramatic impact on the workplace and the current pandemic has brought these issues into even sharper focus.

This digitalization seminar for PSI affiliate leaders from across Interamerica will take place over two sessions and is being organized in cooperation with PSI Interamerica’s Young Workers Committee.

It will be held on Monday November 23, and Wednesday November 25, 2020 10a.m-12:30p.m. EST/EDT. Check your timezone.

To avoid any issues with interpretation, we invite you to ensure that you have downloaded the Zoom application and made sure you have the latest update. You can do this here: https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting.

Please note that you can only use interpretation in the application not in the browser version. You will find some practical advice for connecting and using Zoom here.


The event will also be livestreamed in all languages on the PSI Interamerica Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ispinteramerica

SESSION I- NOVEMBER 23

Opening and welcome

  • Steve Porter – PSI Subregional secretary, North America

  • Moderator – Cristian Zuluaga – Coordinator, Young workers’ committee, Andean region

A front-line analysis of digitalization at work

  • Christian Daigle – President, Quebec Union of Public and Parapublic Sector Workers – SFPQ

  • Federico Dávila – PSI Interamerica co-president

  • Jennifer Porcari – AFT Public Employees

  • Geici Maiara Brig – Coordinator, PSI Interamerica Regional Young Workers’ Committee

PSI’s global digitalization strategy

  • Danny Bertossa – PSI Assistant General Secretary

  • Christina Colclough – Global Union Expert on Digitalisation, political economist and an expert in the future of work(ers) and the politics of technology. She is founder of the Why Not Lab dedicated to support progressive organisations and governments in relation to the digitalisation of work.

  • Responses – Christian Daigle, Federico Dávila, Jennifer Porcari, and Geici Maiara Brig

Conclusions and preview of session II

  • Jocelio Drummond – Regional Secretary, PSI Interamerica

SESSION II- NOVEMBER 25

Opening and welcome

  • Euan Gibb – Regional Assistant, PSI Interamerica

Trade union strategies to protect workers: Telework

  • Moderator - Fatima Larissa – Coordinator, Young workers’ committee, Southern Cone

  • Gabriela Rangel da Silva - Lawyer and University Professor, Author of 'Technology and Work: Impacts on the life of the contemporary worker'

  • Sofia Scasserra - Lecturer and researcher at the Julio Godio World of Work Institute at the 3rd of February National University (UNTREF)

Trade union strategies to protect workers: Argentina & Costa Rica

  • Moderator - Rodrigo Lopez – Young Workers’ Secretary, Legislative Workers’ Association (APL), Argentina

  • Marcelo di Stefano – Co-chair of Public Services International's Global Education Support Network

  • Kenneth Alvarez – Coordinator, Young workers’ committee, Central America

Conclusions and linking sessions I & II

  • Euan Gibb – Regional Assistant, PSI Interamerica

Digitalization and public services: a labour perspective

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This report provides a global overview and policy guidance for public services unions to ensure digitalisation lives up to its promise to enhance public service quality, effectiveness and accessibility for users, while improving working conditions and creating decent employment opportunities