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paying the rich! Increase investments in social programs,
public services and public enterprise!
their allies across the country are demanding a
reversal to privatization of social programs and public services.
Working people are fed up with the global oligarchs pilfering the
public treasury and damaging society, the economy and the lives of
public sector workers. Slogans have arisen to stop private
interests from interfering and profiting from public
The fraud of
contracting out education, health care, public
services and all manner of public work to the global oligarchs,
leaving programs weakened and workers twisting in the wind,
No excuse exists at all to
out public work but if the ruling elite force it through then
this must not mean or result in workers being contracted out. If the
public treasury pays for the work then workers working for the
public enterprise and institutions must remain public sector
workers with the automatic right to retain membership in their public
union with wages, benefits, pensions and working conditions
acceptable to themselves, to which Canadian governments and state
institutions remain committed in collective agreements.
any portion of funds to mobilize workers for work comes
from the public treasury, government or state institution, such
as a public-private partnership, then the workers involved must
be deemed to be public workers and guaranteed to receive similar
Canadian-standard wages, benefits, pensions and security of employment
public workers across the board. When the public pays for the
work, even a portion of the work, then workers must be deemed
to be working for the public, full stop; not for a contracted company
private enterprise, such as a private school subsidized with
public funds, no matter what position of authority the government
has given to the private entity.
public services and social programs sucks the
lifeblood out of public investments, the economy, society and
the working class. The obsession of the imperialist class to
expropriate private profit from every cell of the economy
regardless of the damage this causes must be restricted. The
working people are coming to realize that privatization is a
pay-the-rich conspiracy against the people and society.
diverts public funds away from the intended purpose of public
services and social programs to serve the public good.
reduces the scope of the necessary social
programs, public services and infrastructure, and encourages a
section of the people to seek private solutions, in education and
health care for example.
the working class and inhibits its
ability to maintain or gain Canadian standard wages, benefits,
pensions, security of employment and working conditions agreeable
to themselves and ratified by their collectives.
puts more power and wealth into the hands of the
global oligarchy directly reducing the reproduced-value going to
the Canadian working class and reduces any influence the people
may have for nation-building in opposition to imperialist
globalization and the U.S. war economy.
expands the numbers of the privileged oligarchs
by providing them increased positions of ownership, control and
power within the economy. With this increased power and wealth,
the imperialist class finances its own think tanks, media and
political representatives to push the neo-liberal agenda and
damage public opinion for the New and block the movement to stop
paying the rich and increase investments in social programs,
public services and public enterprise. Those in control and
ownership of the privatized sectors and enterprises of the
economy are deep-pocketed bombastic supporters of imperialism and
neo-liberalism, and opponents of the working class,
nation-building and the necessity for a new pro-social direction
for the economy to solve the many economic, political and social
problems confronting society.
the working people from having a say over
those matters that are important in their lives, such as
education, health care, public services, infrastructure and the
search for and discussion and implementation of solutions to social
and natural problems and a new direction for the economy and
The damage caused
by privatization and decreased investments
in social programs and public services has become patently
obvious during the pandemic. Seniors have died in their hundreds
in starved-for-funds long-term care facilities, and governments
at all levels have been stymied in meeting the challenges of the
health emergency. Necessary infrastructure and means of
production, such as the airlines, have been incapable of dealing
with the emergency because their narrow private interests negate
the public interest, as their aim for maximum private profit puts
their narrow interests before the needs of the people and economy
as a whole.
Privatization fragments the economy
into competing sectors,
parts and enterprises. This saps and blocks the modern productive
forces and working class from mobilizing their inherent strength
and capacity to meet the challenges of the pandemic. The modern
economy and working class need cooperation and a pro-social aim
to work in harmony for the mutual benefit and development of all
and to solve problems.
Each major private enterprise is on the prowl to use the
difficulties of others to destroy them or seize and take them
over rather than work together for the good of all. This
competition introduces weakness into the social programs, public
services and infrastructure and inhibits any possibility to
mobilize the productive forces and human factor/social
consciousness to defend the people and society. Privatization
must be stopped and reversed for the good of all, the economy and
Stop the privatization fraud! Stop the
Join the struggle against
privatization, to stop paying the
rich and to increase investments in social programs, public
services and public enterprise.
1. See Workers'
Forum for reports on the growing resistance in Alberta,
Quebec and throughout the country to privatization and on the
burgeoning movement to stop paying the rich and increase
investments in social programs.
2. The disastrous response to the
pandemic in the United States has exposed the weakness of the
extensive private nature of the U.S. health care system. Many
believe that the miserable failure of the U.S. elite in the face
of the pandemic is partly the result of the privatized health
care system. Private health insurance further fragments the
private ownership and control of almost all hospitals, clinics
and other parts of the system. The staggering personal cost of
even minor treatment leaves millions unable or unwilling to seek
Canadians watching U.S. television during the
election wondered about the number of ads for private health care
insurance. The "open season" to renew private health care
insurance is November 1 to December 15 and companies spend
millions pushing their respective plans. This fight for customers
reflects the competition among all parts of the health care
system, which greatly weakens its collective strength.
Annual family premiums for U.S.
insurance -- the amount it costs each year for insurance, often
divided into 12 monthly payments -- rose four per cent to average
$21,342 this year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. On
average for workplace coverage during the last year, workers paid
$5,588 toward the cost of their coverage, while employers picked
up the rest. Those without workplace coverage must pay the full
amount or go without. Also of note, most plans carry a
deductible, the amount a person pays for health care before
insurance begins to pay the health care bill. The deductible has
been constantly rising in recent years. In 2020, the average
annual single deductible amount a person is required to pay for
any doctor's visit or hospital treatment before
insurance coverage begins has been $1,644,
nearly twice what it was a decade
243,857 people have died of COVID-19 in the United States and some
10,319,131 have been infected.
This article was published in
Volume 50 Number 44 - November 14, 2020
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