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CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux spoke to delegates at a Public Services International forum in Porto Allegre, Brazil, last week about privatization and CUPEs struggle to rebuild strong communities.

For the past five years, social activists from around the world have been gathering, usually in the progressive city of Porto Allegre, to build networks, share ideas and strategize about how to fight corporate globalization.

This year the World Social Forum attracted 155,000 people from 135 countries.

The PSI, an international umbrella organization of public sector trade unions to which CUPE is affiliated, sponsored a forum on quality public services, one of 2,500 similar activities.