International Day for Public Services

June 23, 2011, 3:40 PM EST


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June 23 is the United Nations International Day for Public Services. To mark the event international online radio station RadioLabour has produced a special edition on unions fighting to protect public services. You can find the programme here:  www.radiolabour.net  Click on the Thursday, June 23 edition.

The program features an interview with the General-Secretary of the Public Services International Peter Waldorff, a segment on the struggle to protect pensions by UNISON (the UK's largest public employee union) and a feature on the tent city set up by public employees and other workers in Madison, Wisconsin. Listen to the interview here: http://www.radiolabour.net/waldorff-230611.html

Using public funds to support decent public services is a pressing issue, especially in the developing world. That is why, yesterday, trade unions around the world held a global Day of Action for a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). RadioLabour dedicated a complete broadcast to the subject featuring John Evans, the General-Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) of the OECD. The interview can be found here: http://www.radiolabour.net/evans-220611.html

Friday, June 24 RadioLabour will broadcast a special feature on the victory of Italian unions in their efforts to stop the privatization of water supply in their country. Listen to the broadcast at: www.radiolabour.net

The free trade deal being negotiated between Canada and the European Union should be a major concern for all Canadians. The deal jeopardizes our health care progammes, public water systems, and other services. Just recently we ran an interview with Paul Moist, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees about the deal. Listen to the interview here: http://www.radiolabour.net/moist-020611.html

Along with its daily newscasts, RadioLabour often produces interviews with labour leaders from around the world. To see a list of interviews, please visit the interviews archives: http://www.radiolabour.net/interviews.html

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