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PSI General Secretary

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Peter Waldorff was elected to the position of PSI General Secretary at the PSI World Congress in 2007.

Previous to his election, Peter was President of the trade union for Government and Public Employees in Denmark (HK/Stat) from 1998 to 2007, and in that capacity, he was already an active member of the PSI Executive Board and the EPSU Executive Committee.

In Denmark, Peter had several other mandates in trade union organisations and pension funds. His trade union activity started in 1975 when he was a youth activist in the HK union, and he went from strength to strength, becoming youth secretary in 1981, then in 1986 collective bargaining officer for the HK/State Sector. From 1992 to 1998, he was Head of Secretariat of the HK/State Sector.

Peter worked for eight years in the municipality of Lyngby-Taarbaek, north of Copenhagen, where he was also shop steward. His work there was mainly in the tax department, and he spent the last year in the department for child day care. His formal education was in the area of local government and further training combined with courses in economics, languages, management, ICT and organisational development.

Peter’s achievements in the collective bargaining sphere include obtaining binding agreements for state sector employees, enabling them to develop their competences and take on more demanding positions. He was also involved in the 2005 agreement to set up so-called integration positions targeted at persons with a non-Danish ethnical background (immigrants and their descendants) who experience difficulties accessing the labour market.

Peter is convinced that by striving for Quality Public Services, PSI affiliated unions not only offer a better service to the public, but they also improve working conditions for their members. He also underlines the importance of collective bargaining, which is a vital tool for unions everywhere to achieve decent working conditions. He foresees that unions will in the future work more closely together on issues that affect everyone – climate change, migration, health, privatisation, equality, trade union rights, and so on. Public Services International has a central role to play in making sure that it invests sufficient time and resources into these issues so that its affiliated unions can make a difference in the work and lives of their members.