Wednesday, October 25, 2000 The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-QFL) supports the demonstration by SOS-Sant 0061gainst the privatization of health care and for the preservation of our public health care system against the effects of globalization. Demonstrators will begin to gather at noon on Saturday, October 28, in Carr 0053aint-Louis. The march will move off at 1:00 p.m. and pass in front of Hp00690074al Saint-Luc before winding up in front of the federal Guy-Favreau building.
CUPE supports the principle of a public health care system that is universal, accessible and free of charge. Today these principles are jeopardized by certain proposals for international agreements concocted behind closed doors, notably by the countries belonging to the OECD, as well as by the structural adjustment programs imposed by the IMF and the World Bank as conditions for their financing. The privatization of public services, including health care, in these countries, and the pressure brought to bear by private U.S. and Canadian promoters to grab large shares of this lucrative market, are a real threat to our public system in the very immediate future.
CUPEs stand against the privatization of health care was the position defended by Mr. Claude Gnreux in speaking to the Clair Commission on Monday, October 23.
SOURCE : CANADIAN UNION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (QFL)
Information: Louis Cauchy, 514-384-9681, ext. 270