Fighting privatisation and defending public services
Across Europe the quantity and quality of our public services and the pay and conditions of our members are under threat from privatisation. EPSU is committed to fighting privatisation in any of its forms whether contracting-out and sub-contracting, public-private partnerships or various processes of commercialisation or marketisation. This briefing on privatisation was produced for the EPSU Congress in 2019 and covers the main work done over the last Congress period and the priorities for the current period.
Public and private sector efficiency is an important report that provides a comprehensive overview of academic research that challenges the idea that the private sector is more efficient than the public sector. The future is public is the latest update on insourcing highlighting the trends to bring privatised services back under public ownership and control.
Public rescue for more failed private finance institutions - a critique of the EC green paper on PPPs
A new report by the Public Service International Research Unit cautions the European Commission against enthusiastically endorsing public-private partnerships, contending that PPPs, as they are known, do not supplement public spending – they absorb it.
9th EPSU Congress, 20 - 23 May 2014 - Toulouse - Day 1(Tuesday, May 20, 2014) This afternoon, we were lucky enough to sit down and have a chat with David Hall, of the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), and author of a brilliant, evidence-based report being launched at the congress
9th EPSU Congress, 20 - 23 May 2014 - Toulouse - Day 3(Thursday, May 22, 2014) Georges Archontopoulos of SEEYATH, the union for Thessalonian water workers, talking about the self-organised referendum that they organised to fight the privatisation of water in Thessaloniki, Greece. Georges addresses
(16 December 2014) There is no empirical evidence that the private sector is intrinsically more efficient than the public sector. This is the main conclusion from a comprehensive review of hundreds of studies covering all forms of privatisation across many different sectors.The report for EPSU by
EPSU Briefing on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) "11 facts about public-private partnerships (PPPs)"
Why Public-Private Partnerships don't work, The many advantages of the public alternative (New PSI publication)