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Defending public services together

TODAY is United Nations Public Service Day.

Public Services International General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli said ”We need to ensure multinationals pay their fair share of tax and that governments use this revenue to drive public sector growth through investment in universal, quality public services. Universal access to these public services is a pre-condition for healthy economies and just and equitable societies”.

This year, PSI  focused on the dangers of privatising our public services, which are there to build better lives for all of us.

 

PSI International says: When market dynamics and profit maximisation govern the provision of public services, broader social and environmental sustainability objectives are no longer achievable. Public resources and commons become endangered, transparency and democratic civic scrutiny are weakened and the overall economic and social costs to the community rise. There is no evidence that the private sector is more efficient than the public sector. On the contrary, there is growing evidence of the failure of privatisation, be it through sale of assets, outsourcing, concession or public-private partnerships. 

Thank you – as public sector staff you’re working to strengthen our communities every day. As Delegates who are active in your workplaces and in your union, you are helping to defend public services that our communities need.

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