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Campaigns (7)

Our last chance on climate?

Sixteen-year old Greta Thunberg from Sweden is inspiring a global movement for collective action on climate change. On March 15, 2019, a Global Climate Strike will see hundreds of thousands of young people in cities around the world join the movement.

Education is not a tradable good

Among different type of private actors involved in education, commercial schools raise specific challenges. Commercial schools have been defined as schools “whose one of the main objectives (though not necessarily unique) is to develop commercial activities out of education services and to defend their own interest to the detriment of the general interest. They consider education as a tradable good, which involves in particular that they intend to extend their activities and model by entering in competition with other education establishments, to increase their turnover, and to increase their profit.” The following page is meant as a monitoring resource page to critically reflect on the development of this type of schools against human rights standards.

Sounding the alarm on dangerous public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Public Services International, EURODAD and other CSO partners jointly urge all those concerned with justice, equality, sustainability and human rights to resist the encroachment of PPPs and to push instead for high-quality, publicly-funded, democratically-controlled, accountable public services. The well-being of our communities and societies depends on it!

Taking back control

Governments must ensure that they act in the best interest of their communities by providing quality public services. The provision of essential services should be their highest priority. Privatisation should only be considered if it has been demonstrated to be in the best interest of communities and the best use of taxpayer funding.

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No Profits from Pain: End Private Prisons!

Around the world, we need to build the fight to end the brutality, corruption and warped incentives created by prison privatisation. But to start with, we need to put our money where our mouth is.

Privatised prisons create negative outcomes for workers, our communities and inmates. They consistently lead to worse conditions, under-staffing, overcrowding and warped incentives: more prison inmates means more profits.

Yet, despite widespread public opposition to private prisons, many of us are financially involved in this shady industry, unaware- via our banks, pensions and savings schemes.

The pension funds of workers across the globe have millions of dollars invested in private prison companies, including significant share packages and exposure through other investments like indexes.

Unions are on the frontlines of the fight against privatisation of prisons and other public services. Now we need to lead by example by ensuring we are no longer financially supporting this concerning trend.

Public Services International, in coalition with many of our affiliates, is launching our Campaign for Prison Divestment.

Private Prisons: Investment Risks

AFT's Private Prisons and Investment Risks report reveals the direct and indirect investments public pension funds have in Core Civic and GEO Group, which reap billions each year by jailing minority populations and exploiting the school-to-prison pipeline.

What unions can do

Unions in the public and private sector often hold influence over the governance and investment decisions of their members' pension funds . These funds are some of the largest pools of capital in the world.

While unions might not have full control, they can play a powerful role in creating the case for divestment, building the political pressure and mobilizing their members around the issue.

PSI is creating a coalition of unions around the world to sign the pledge to do all in their power to ensure the savings of their members are not invested.

As a Trade Union, we commit to do all in our power to ensure our members' savings are not invested in the private prison and security sector.

The Private Prison industry will no longer be a viable investment, morally or investment-wise.

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What you can do

Want to make sure your money isn't propping up private prisons? There are two main aspects of your finances you need to check:

Who do you bank with?

There are a number of banks who actively support the private prison industry by providing loans and finance services. Public pressure has already led some of the biggest banks in the world to divest from prisons, leading to a sharp fall in share prices.

Commit to do research on your bank, letting them now your concern if they are invested - or threatening to leave unless they change their ways.

Who do you save with?

Is your pension scheme part of a wider fund? Do you, as a contributor, have access to investment information? Does your union have a position on the board? Can you find out who your representative on the fund is and raise your concerns with them?

Commit to researching your savings scheme, lobbying your representative and pushing them to divest from prisons.

Sign the pledge!

I will divest from Private Prisons

I commit to do all in my power to ensure I am not financially connected or benefiting from prison privatisation.

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The case for divestment (2)

Private Prisons: Investment Risks

AFT's Private Prisons and Investment Risks report reveals the direct and indirect investments public pension funds have in Core Civic and GEO Group, which reap billions each year by jailing minority populations and exploiting the school-to-prison pipeline.

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  • Public Services International