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Those who follow trends know that new and more complex forms of privatization have emerged in Canada and around the world. A new CUPE resource helps you understand and identify these “monsters.”

CUPE’s 16-page paper Developments in Privatization of Public Services provides details on many new kinds of privatization that now exist. It helps to answer the question “what is privatization?” by using brief examples that show how certain kinds of privatization work.

Across Canada, governments and employers have neglected to invest in and support good quality and sustainable infrastructure and services. In many cases, this approach means public sector workers are not getting the training or developing the skills needed to keep work in-house. This is the context that breeds new forms of privatization.

The new booklet was written by CUPE Research for the Public Services International (PSI) Workshop on Trade Union Responses to New Forms of Privatization held March 14 –16, 2006 in Ottawa.