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Council of Global Unions promotes World Public Services Day

Charter protects services that enhance quality of life.

Public services are fundamental to create societies that are equal, prosperous, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

A global campaign to promote investment in quality public services backed by fair taxation policy was launched on World Public Services Day — Thursday, June 23. The Quality Public Services Now! campaign invites supporters to sign the Geneva Charter on Quality Public Services adopted by the Council of Global Unions, which represents over 175 million workers.

The Charter states that public services enhance the quality of people's lives and are fundamental to create societies that are equal, prosperous, and democratic. Access to public services should be fair. The charter pledges that global unions will work together with governments, international agencies, civil societies, business, and enterprise to pursue a vision of quality public services.

Communities across Canada are facing cuts to public services through P3s, trade deals, insufficient funding, and bad legislation. This is happening throughout the world as private corporations seek to make profit by taking over public services.

This new campaign and the guiding charter were developed with the input of participants at the landmark Quality Public Services — Action Now! conference held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Quality Public Services Now! unites people from all walks of life, private and public sector trade union members, municipal governments, and civil society groups in their goal to build peaceful, equitable, just, democratic, and sustainable societies.

Visit the campaign website to sign the Charter, learn more about this global action, get email updates, and mark World Public Services Day.

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For the Quality Public Services — Action Now! website, please click here.

To sign the Charter, please click here.

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  Sign the Quality Public Services Charter to mark World Public Services Day

Posted: June 28, 2011

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