New resources, research to help battle privatization in BC
Lengthy contracts signed with private corporations to operate previously public services.
As the government in British Columbia promotes privatization of public services through public-private partnerships (P3s), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has issued two on-line resources to provide information about the privatization.
The first is Ten Reasons to Say No to Privatization which lays out clearly written reasons and to promote dialogue. Activists across the province are gearing up to protect public services and working with communities to stop privatization of health care, water and wastewater and other areas.
There is also a growing body of research and analysis that provide concrete critiques of privatization and public-private partnership arrangements, including issues related to business case evaluation of public/private partnerships and the so-called 'public sector comparator'. The second resource compiled by CUPE, "Why privatization doesn't work - Useful research and analysis about public-private partnerships" provides a brief synopsis of some key documents with links to the documents.
Links and sources
CUPE BC - Ten Reasons to Say No to Privatization (pdf)
CUPE BC - Why Privatization Doesn't Work (pdf)
Posted: February 12, 2010
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