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Workers at large community nursing and homecare provider on strike

Members of the Public Service Association have gone out on a week-long strike to protest “a decade of erosion of their pay rates,” says Kerry Davies, PSA national secretary. The Nurse Maude Care Coordination in Porirua and the Hutt Valley, where they work, is managed by a nonprofit, “The situation for administrators is so dire that many of them are on pay levels below the Living Wage. Their colleagues are standing together to fight for the recognition and pay they deserve,” says Davies.

Source: The New Zealand Public Service Association - Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi

Royal Commission to look into introducing private competition into aged care

The formation of another Royal Commission to look into introducing private competition into aged care and is just “kicking a political hot potato into the long grass” and flies in the face of past experience, says the Sydney Morning Herald’s economics editor. “But we do know that childcare was thrown into crisis when one private provider, ABC Learning, which had been allowed to acquire about half the nation’s childcare centres, went belly up. We know that making vocational education and training ‘contestable’ was a costly disaster, as many private providers conned youngsters into signing up for unsuitable courses (and debt).”

Jeremy Corbyn has called for an end to the privatization of asylum and refugee accommodation

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for an end to the privatization of asylum and refugee accommodation as he met asylum seekers in Glasgow. “I also heard of the horrors of how Serco having been changing the locks on people’s doors as they go out in order to evict them. That is inhumane and completely wrong, and I make the plea now to Serco, change your attitude and policy as of now on this matter. (…) I think outsourcing is wrong and unnecessary, and better-run by the public sector.”

Source: www.newsandstar.co.uk

If anything will change under President Mario Abdo Benítez?

Journalist Celso Guanipa Castro asks if anything will change under President Mario Abdo Benítez, who has completed a tour of the USA where he met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, IMF Executive Director Christine Lagarde, and with the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Luis Alberto Moreno. “Mario Abdo weathered the internal contradictions in his party, especially with Cartes, always supported by the U.S. embassy, which appears to support the new government. For social movements, it will be the continuation of the submissive, anti-national and anti-popular governments; servile to the interests of the U.S., transnationals and the International Monetary Fund, which has already begun to tighten against workers' rights with the privatization of social security, among other reforms required for the next two years.”

Source: Diario La República

Labor, civil service and retiree leaders call for a mobilization

Labor, civil service and retiree leaders call for a mobilization “of the entire Polesine from September and throughout the fall to focus attention on the problems of the social and health sector, with particular emphasis on the abandonment of Rovigo hospital as a hub for the region, with consequent risk of creating deficiencies for some high specializations. And attention to the growing push towards privatization, which could also involve general practitioners, as well as investment in the health professions and reform of the IPAB, public institutions of assistance and charity.” CGIL Secretary Fulvio Dal Zio, Secretary General FP CGIL Rovigo David Benazzo, Daniela Argenton, Secretary General SPI CGIL Rovigo, and others, have proposed opening “a phase of joint operations.”

Source: ilgazzettino.it

The improvements that will be delivered by the NDIS must not be used as an excuse to privatize their existing disability support systems

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) says “the improvements that will be delivered by the NDIS must not be used as an excuse by State and Territory Governments to privatize their existing disability support systems and abrogate their duty of care to people with disabilities. By retaining a role in the direct delivery of disability services, people with disabilities will have more choice of providers to meet their needs. Jobs must be safeguarded, and rates of pay, conditions, entitlements and transfer payments for staff who move to a non-government provider must be guaranteed.”

Source: www.actu.org.au

Barbuda Fights Enclosures and Neoliberal Dispossession After Hurricane Irma

Attempts by the neoliberal government of Antigua to dispossess and enclose Barbuda, where traditional communal land rights have persevered till this day, are continuing, but not without vigorous resistance from Barbudans themselves. The Latino Media Collective spoke with Dr. Matthew Quest about the struggle for social and environmental justice in Antigua & Barbuda.

Source: Black Agenda Report

The story of the troubled contracting out of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)

Marianne Thamm of the Daily Maverick tells the story of the troubled contracting out of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). “The twist in our tale is that these profits were made off the backs of the most vulnerable in South Africa, those who depend on social grants to stay alive. (…) Cash Paymaster Services has had an enchanted run in spite of ConCourt rulings against it. The company’s illegal tender to pay social grants was extended three times to avert Sassa and Dlamini’s ‘self-generated’ national catastrophe in April 2017, when the contract was meant to come to an end.”

Source: www.dailymaverick.co.za