Public Services International has joined other social justice and trade union groups that want to stop European public money funding water privatization in developing countries.
PSI is a global union federation made up of more than 600 unions, including CUPE, representing more than 20 million workers who deliver public services in 160 countries around the world.
The European Commission recently became a donor to the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF). The PPIAF has funded water privatization in at least 37, mostly poor, countries from Afghanistan to Zambia.
Since PPIAF was created, evidence about the failure of water privatization to deliver clean, affordable water to developing communities has grown.
In a letter to Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, the groups call for European Union aid money to instead support public-public partnerships in water and sanitation, building on public sector expertise within developing countries.