Union members from around the world are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland from October 12 to 14 to launch a global campaign to win public and political support for a new agenda for quality public services.
CUPE National president Paul Moist is attending the gathering. He says public services are fundamental to create societies that are equal, prosperous and democratic.
Led by CUPE’s global union affiliate, Public Services International (PSI), delegates from both public and private sector unions discussed an ambitious international campaign to ensure that quality public services are affordable and accessible to all.
“PSI’s convening of the Quality Public Services – Act Now conference under the banner of the Council of Global Unions is a significant step forward in promoting public services as a vital necessity for equality and economic and social justice,” said Moist. “CUPE strongly supports development of the Geneva Quality Public Services Charter and will work in coalition with others to implement the action plan.”
The Global Unions have pledged to work with key actors – governments, international agencies and civil society to pursue a new vision of public services. More than ever before, the world needs to work together in a new context of decency, change and hope.
“Access to public services is essential to deliver people and communities from poverty, conflict and neglect,” said Moist.