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A group of unions, consumer advocacy groups and other progressive organizations have come up with a proposal to create a general agreement on public services (GAPS) to counter the more notorious acronyms: GATT, GATS, WTO and IMF.

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.

For more information, email gaps@gapscampaign.org.