"Stopping that P3 hospital isn't just a major victory for Australians, it's a major victory for everybody around the world who understands that public equals better." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Toronto (11 July 2017) — The Australian campaign against privatization — We Own It — has scored a huge victory, leading a successful fight against a P3 scheme to expand a hospital in Australia.
Campaign shows value of public services
Thanks to the Australian campaign's strong community organizing, the local government has decided to keep the expansion public.
The Health Services Union of Australia (HSU) brought the We Own It campaign to Australia. HSU is an international partner of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) that has been running its own anti-privatization campaign. HSU Secretary, Gerard Hayes, was a Solidarity Guest during OPSEU's 2017 Convention.
"Privatization is a global fight and we have to fight it globally," says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OSPEU President. "Stopping that P3 hospital isn't just a major victory for Australians, it's a major victory for everybody around the world who understands that public equals better."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. ~ NUPGE