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The objective of our meeting is to agree on the ways we can strengthen the fight against the global push for privatization, linking national campaigns to regional and global dynamics.
Union leaders at the meeting are familiar with the threats of privatization, so we will not provide new research papers. Several participants will provide short, informal remarks to assist in framing our discussions, but the focus will be on a free exchange of participants’ experiences and perspectives to identify common challenges, opportunities, and commitments for future collective action at the global level. All participants will be afforded ample time to explore relevant issues and make proposals for future action.
Also, we will meet with policy leaders from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. Government led by Treasury. All of these meetings will take place at AFSCME headquarters and will provide an opportunity to express our concerns about the policies and programs that encourage privatization through the international financial institutions (IFIs). Participants will have ample time to question and engage these officials during our meetings.