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People over profit: End policies that undermine Health for All

PSI’s vision is one of a better future, based on social and economic justice, and efficient, accessible public services around the world. Campaigns to influence policy internationally and nationally is thus central to our work. PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli shows how Right to Health Quarterly, serves as our voice to advance the goal of universal public healthcare.

Source: PSI

World Bank Financializing Development

The World Bank has successfully legitimized the notion that private finance is the solution to pressing development and welfare concerns, including achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Agenda 2030. The Bank's ‘Maximizing Finance for Development' (MFD) strategy marks a new stage. The MFD presumes that public money should mainly be used to leverage private finance.

Source: www.ipsnews.net

Trade agreements put our right to water at risk

Trade agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are designed to make it easier for foreign multinational corporations to invest and do business. In doing so, they put the rights of citizens and workers second to profits. Read an Op-Ed by Abdul Somad, president of PSI affiliate Jakarta Water Workers’ Union (SP PDAM Jakarta).

Source: PSI

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

Prisoners hold a direct debate with parliamentarians

In a rare encounter, prisoners hold a direct debate with parliamentarians. “They asked questions about the privatization of motorways and airports and questioned the value of these privatizations. They also talked about the wealth tax. One of them had a good thought which surprised me on the relative impoverishment of France while noting that wealth is now being redistributed to other countries like China.” [Midi Libre, 8 March 2019]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Whether the government should sell its stake in ADP?

Lawmakers vigorously debated whether the government should sell its stake in ADP, the international airport operator, and a special committee gave the green light to move the project forward though criticism remains that the privatization would deprive the state of revenue and gift the revenues to potential private operators such as Vinci.

Source: Le Point

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate to block any efforts to privatize the U.S. Postal Service

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate to block any efforts to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. The measure is also supported by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the National Association of Postal Supervisors, the United Postmasters and Managers of America, and the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service.

Can public-private partnerships deliver gender equality?

On the eve of International Women's Day, a new report “Can Public-private Partnerships deliver gender equality?” was released by a European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD). The report says: "PPPs are being actively promoted by donor governments and international financial institutions to fund social services and infrastructure projects around the world. However, support for PPPs runs counter to governments’ commitments to promote gender equality and the fullfilment of women’s rights under Agenda 2030 and elsewhere ". This report aims to contribute to the growing civil society debate about PPPs and describes how they could create additional fiscal constraints that undermine the state’s capacity to deliver gender-transformative public services and infrastructure, or to promote decent work for women.

Source: eurodad.org

The government has marked out 49 state-owned enterprises for privatisation

The government has marked out 49 state-owned enterprises for privatisation. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) are on the list. “Pakistan is in discussion with half a dozen companies from Russia and China to run the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) under public-private partnership and increase its capacity from 1.1 million to 3.5 million per year.”

Source: www.thenews.com.pk

"Mexico should contemplate the partial privatization of Pemex"

With its debt growing, the president of Bursamétrica, Ernesto O'Farril, says Mexico should contemplate the partial privatization of Pemex, the Mexican energy company. His proposal “considers that the debt of Pemex, as well as the Federal Electricity Commission, would have to be separate on two fronts: unproductive assets and labor liabilities that are left to the government and, on the other hand, projects that may be more attractive for private investors.”

Source: La Jornada

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