Privatisation

Quality public services are the foundation of democratic societies and successful economies. They ensure that everyone has equal access to vital services, including as health care, education, electricity, clean water and sanitation. When these services are privatised, maximizing corporate profits replaces the public interest as the driving force. Privatisation is a dangerous trend that must be reversed.

Fresh attacks on the Right to Health in Brazil

15 March 2017
SAMU ambulances, Brazil

At a meeting of the Health Committee of the São Paulo Municipal Chamber held at the end of February, workers at the mobile emergency care service (SAMU) criticised the mayor, João Doria (PSDB), for his plan to transfer care to private “social organisations”.

IMF Official highlights need for strong civil service and dangerous risks associated with PPPs

15 March 2017

In the past, many international development organisations such as the World Bank, IMF and parts of the UN have taken an alarmingly optimistic view of Public Private Partnerships, often ignoring their use as debt-hiding tools and the mounting examples of the failure of private sector partners to provide quality public services. However, after a prolonged campaign by unions and civil society, it seems that some officials are finally starting to admit that PPPs don’t live up to the hype - and that a strong civil service is key in mitigating risks created by the private sector.

European unions: Our health is not for sale!

15 March 2017
European public sector unions at the 2016 day of action

Public sector trade unions will demonstrate actively across Europe on 7 April, World Health Day, in the second action day against commercialisation, market-isation and privatisation of health care. World Health Day has been “chosen by health users and workers, citizen collectives, trade unions and NGOs to demonstrate against Health commodification.”

Australia's push to private health care is making citizens sick

14 March 2017

The Australian health care system is often projected as one of the most efficient and effective in the world, with its universal Medicare system. Medicare is a universal insurance scheme that initially allowed free healthcare at point of access, regardless of income; funded through the country’s taxation system.

Privatization Watch - 02/2017

09 March 2017

An overview of global trends in privatization of public services. Privatization Watch - Issue 02/2017

From public good to profit margin: how privatisation is failing our communities

06 March 2017
Photograph: Terry Vine/Getty Images/Blend Images

David Hetherington, Chair of the People's Inquiry, has penned an article for the Guardian based on what he learned from traveling around Australia speaking to communities about the impact of privatisation. When institutions that fulfil a deeply human function – teaching, caring for people at their most vulnerable moments – are forced to behave like businesses, everyone loses.

Trade Unions and campaigners around the world boycott World Bank consultation on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

28 February 2017

Trade Unions and campaigners around the world accuse the World Bank of encouraging dangerous hidden debts. The boycott on the World Bank consultation on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) was launched after the World Bank ignored repeated calls to stop promoting PPPs that contain dangerous hidden debts. Most governments leave these costs out of the accounting books, which can lead to crippling hidden debt – especially damaging for world’s poorest countries.