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Quebec: Sign the petition to reintegrate whistleblower on private sector interference in pesticide study

Louis Robert, Whistleblower in Quebec

Whistleblower Louis Robert, agronomist and seed expert at the Quebec Agriculture, Fisheries and Food ministry, has been dismissed after speaking out against private sector interference in a public study on pesticide use.

Canadian unions campaign for universal access to prescription drugs

24 March 2019
Health professionals in Canada

According to the Wellesley Institute, Canada is the only developed country with a universal healthcare programme which does not include access to prescription drugs. Thus, while Canadians don’t need to pay to see their doctor, prescription drugs are not covered by the universal healthcare programme. And they are some of the highest priced in the world, with patients’ out-of-pocket expenditure on prescribed drugs amounting to $3.6bn annually.

Privatization scheme bribery case ends with guilty plea on least serious charge

19 February 2019

A series of criminal trials over a bribery scandal over a P3 privatization scheme ended last week with people admitting that $22.5 million in bribes were paid, but with no one being convicted of actually paying them. For those naïve enough to believe that the justice system does a good job of policing the privatization industry, it was a very bad week.

Health care staff issues: an election issue in Quebec

18 December 2018

For the last few years, the 75,000 members of the Quebec health care workers’ union, the FIQ, have been campaigning for the government to allow them to provide quality and humane health care. A lot of problems can be avoided by having stable well-staffed work teams.

A commitment to collective action to eliminate workplace violence in the health sector

23 November 2018

PSI participated in the 6th Violence in the Health Sector conference that was held in Toronto on 24-26 October on the theme “Advancing the Delivery of Positive Practice”. The conference provided a platform for all parties confronted with the phenomenon of violence in healthcare to develop and implement positive practice and proactively respond to this complex problem.

6th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector (Toronto, Canada)

Date: 
24 October, 2018 to 26 October, 2018

The 6th biennial International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector takes place in Toronto, Canada on 24-26 October 2018, with the theme “Advancing the Delivery of Positive Practice”. The Conference series was inspired by the publication of the Framework Guidelines for Addressing Workplace Violence in The Health Sector jointly published in 2002 by the Public Services International (PSI), International Council of Nurses (ICN), World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Whistleblowers

26 July 2018

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The Future is Public (Montreal)

Date: 
15 June, 2018 to 16 June, 2018

The Future is Public is a two-day gathering of union leaders, activists, researchers, and community groups designed to share ideas and proposals around building a pro-public movement in Canada.

In Canada, entire new school to be built with savings from ditched PPP projects

14 March 2018

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is celebrating a major victory against Public Private Partnerships after the Manitoba government reversed plans to use the controversial PPP model for the construction of new schools in Winnipeg and Brandon.

Ontario Pay Equity Results for CUPE Service Workers in Ontario Hospitals: A Study of Uneven Benefits

1 Mar 2018

In view of International Women’s Day on 8 March, PSI is reviving a debate about pay equity presented in the study entitled: “Ontario Pay Equity Results for CUPE Service Workers in Ontario Hospitals: A Study of Uneven Benefits” written by Jane Stinson, a Canadian political economist.