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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.

Support and solutions for psychological distress at work

16 August 2017
Man showing signs of stress and backache

In Quebec, there is no end to reforms in the health and social services sector, which have an adverse psychological impact on the workforce. For more than 20 years, health workers have had to constantly adapt to new standards, guidelines and structures, as determined by different governments.

Trump and NAFTA “modernization”

16 August 2017

The ensuing trade deficits and manufacturing job losses cast a shadow over this trade deal and led all three major candidates for the U.S. presidency in 2016 to reject the TPP and promise to “fix” NAFTA. Trump is following through on his promise, but that is not the whole story.