Anyone would be forgiven for getting mixed up when confronted with all the acronyms for international trade agreements. Now public sector workers need to learn a new one and this time it’s good for us!
The general agreement on public services (GAPS) isn’t yet a reality. But a campaign is afoot to make it one. An alliance of consumers, workers and various organizations is working together to push for GAPS.
The GAPS partners want “democratic accountability, good services and fair employment.” The group’s leaflet says GAPS expresses “the principles that should guide local and national governments in fulfilling their public service responsibilities not only to their own citizens but also internationally.”
Among the group’s members are Public Services International, to which CUPE is affiliated, Consumers International, One World Action, Public World and the European Public Services Union.
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