Speakers at the conference include people who’ve been involved in fighting privatization across Canada and in other countries.
"I think with these early season fires, our publicly owned water bombers have shown their value. It’s a no-brainer. We have to keep them public.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"We decided that we could not stay silent in the face of a serious threat to a health care system Albertans cherish and upon which they rely. We have a responsibility to speak out." — Mike Parker, HSAA President
“This is yet another example of how privatization puts profits before people and leaves accountability in the dust." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
It is a measure of just how big a disaster privatization of prison food services turned out to be that the same state governor who originally proposed privatization is now proposing bring the services back under public control.
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What’s needed is for governments to provide community services with adequate funding. And a first step would be to ask the wealthy and large corporations to pay their share of taxes — instead of allowing them to profit from the misfortune of others by investing in social impact bonds.
“Privatization and heavy workloads are both huge issues at Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario. Holding strong for an agreement that addresses both of these issues is a huge victory for both the people who provide children’s aid services, and the children and families who depend on them.” — Chrisy Tremblay, a member of the Local 454 bargaining team and the Vice-Chair of OPSEU’s CAS sector
What the EU Court of Auditors found was that, even though the public were paying €1.5 billion for cost overruns, they were also providing investors with returns of up to 14 per cent.
“Our public air services are safe, efficient, and they deliver tremendous value. It’s simple – the public model works. It’s not clear what problem the government is trying to solve with its privatization push." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President