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Accountability railroaded by Ottawa privatization scheme

Two Ottawa ‘public-private partnership’ projects have been approved by councilors without them being able to see the details. The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) reports that “the need for public services to be accountable to the public took a back seat to ‘commercial confidentiality’ when Ottawa city council approved 2 P3 privatization schemes to extend rail lines. Even though there are significant problems with a P3 privatization scheme for the city’s first light rail line, city councillors were told they didn’t even need to know if bidders met technical requirements. The 2 P3 privatization schemes will cost at least $4.7 billion, and councillors have had very little time to delay the project. Councillors with unanswered questions were told that even delaying the decision by 2 weeks wasn’t possible.” Meanwhile, SNC-Lavalin, which is implicated in the national political controversy threatening to bring down Prime Minister Trudeau, has just been awarded another P3 contract.

Source: nupge.ca

Unions and community resist privatisation of healthcare

Public service unions and community members are mounting a major effort to resist Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s efforts to privatise healthcare and other services. Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) President Warren Thomas says Ford is engaging in “deficit fear-mongering to justify deep public sector cuts and costly privatization schemes.”

Source: OPSEU

Union leaders demanding public consultation on the omnibus health care bill

Union leaders representing more than 200,000 nurses, health professionals and care workers are demanding public consultation on the Ford government’s omnibus health care bill. “Bill 74 is the Ford government’s omnibus health care legislation in which the government has given itself and its appointees in its new ‘super agency’ wide-reaching new powers to force unprecedented health care restructuring without any public consultation, including mergers, closures and privatization of hospitals, long-term care, home care, diagnostic services, clinics, community care, mental health and addictions services, community health centres, and others.”

Source: globenewswire.com

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Trashed: How Outsourcing Municipal Solid Waste Collection Kicks Workers to the Curb

This research examines how the outsourcing of the municipal solid waste collection services in Winnipeg has impacted the quality of jobs for those who work in this industry. Our research shows that the outsourcing of these services has resulted in many of these positions being filled through temporary help agencies (THA) and that the quality of this type of work is very precarious.

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The way forward: Strategic Directions 2017-2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees set out its strategic plan for 2017-2019 at its national convention, held in early October. “CUPE plays a leading role in fighting for high quality public services and publicly-owned infrastructure, and against privatization through new arrangements like ‘social financing,’ ‘asset recycling,’ ‘leveraging’ through selling off public utilities, and public-private partnerships. We are committed to keeping our members’ pension funds from investing in or profiting from P3s in Canada and anywhere in the world. We will continue to oppose all privatization plans, including the Canada Infrastructure Bank, an institution that will funnel millions in subsidies to corporations banking on large private profits from public infrastructure projects.”