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As an affiliate to Public Services International (PSI), CUPE joined members of Oxfam International and Educational International (EI), two major global trade union federations, to mark Public Service Day today (June 23) with a call for action on quality public services.

The three organizations called on world leaders to find the funds for tens of millions of qualified health workers and teachers worldwide to be trained and hired to deliver public health and education for all.

“The current gap means that governments are failing to provide the quality public health and education services needed to realize the fundamental human right to universal access to health services and education,” a release said.

“The joint call for action underlines the efforts of both NGOs and the trade union movement to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end poverty. Without world leaders –starting this July at the G8 Summit in Japan – demonstrating the political will and providing necessary funds, the MDGs will fail and the cycle of poverty will continue.