At Queen’s Park yesterday, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas presented a legislative committee with a comprehensive proposal designed to impose strict conditions on privatization in Ontario.
OPSEU’s “Five-Point Plan to Protect Quality Public Services” calls for legislation to guarantee an open and transparent process to assess any proposed privatizations before they occur. If passed, such legislation would require an independent review and a full cost/benefit analysis of any and all privatization proposals, with affected workers having standing in the review process. It would also ensure job protection for workers displaced by privatization.
The five-point plan would apply to attempts to privatize both the delivery of public services and the management and financing of public infrastructure projects. Read the five-point plan here