A well-organized campaign that included demonstrations and a provincewide drop of 100,000 pamphlets has paid off for transportation workers in Quebec. The minister of transport recently announced he will not push P3s for public transit.
Its a first victory, said Claude Benot002c president of CUPE 1983, the local representing Montreal transit workers. But CUPE and the Quebec Federation of Labour are now focusing their attention on municipalities, ensuring that they commit to steering clear of P3s to finance public transit.
CUPE represents 6,500 transit workers Quebec. Their campaign drove home the point that with for-profit transit financing and operation, high-quality services would take a back seat to private profits. The six-page pamphlet can be downloaded from http://www.scfp.qc.ca/modules/documents/medias/6-deplianttransport%20PPP2005.pdf (available in French only).