Costa Rican health workers started a general strike Monday for 48 hours in demand for strong health services and to defend the Costa Rican Social Security (CCSS).
Teachers and doctors of Honduras continued their demonstrations Sunday against the government of Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH), demanding improvements in the health and education sectors.
Teachers, students, and doctors have been demonstrating for weeks, rejecting the privatization of health and education sectors promoted by the Juan Orlando Hernandez administration. Ending police brutality against protesters has also been added to their list of demands as well as impartial investigations into those cases.
To them, this is the beginning of what will be a wave of mass layoffs and privatization of the systems. JOH has also been trying to push privatization via Employment and Economic Development Zones, which activists have warned, would put parts of the country up for sale.
The Honduran police attacked on Monday thousands of protestors in the streets of the capital against privatization of health and education services as they were being voted in Congress.
The march was organized by „No + AFP“, which as its name indicates calls for the end of the privatized model, based on the individual capitalization of pensions run by the Administrators of Pension Funds (AFP).
Across the world, teachers in dozens of countries across five continents are taking part in a strike movement of unprecedented international proportions.
In advanced and underdeveloped countries alike, teachers are fighting for the same cause: the defense of public education. They belong to the same class—the working class—and they confront the same enemies: the governments and corporations who demand privatization and cuts as well as the trade unions who isolate and betray.
The national strike and protest was against the privatization of public companies and a forthcoming deal with the International Monetary Fund.
„And now after modernizing these six airports with public money under AAI, handing them over to private hands through PPP route tantamount to an undue bonanza to private players at the cost of public exchequer, besides being totally unjust and extremely unfair which may please be taken note of,“ reads the letter.
Prince has been holding a flurry of meetings in recent weeks.
The move was seized upon by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, a fierce privatization critic who has pledged a programme of re-nationalizations if his Labour party regains power. „Another week, another privatisation crisis,“ he wrote on Twitter. „This government’s obsession with selling off our public services has been a total failure.“
„Baltimore will be a public water hero when this legislation passes—and should act as an example for other cities.“
The SOEs targeted for partial privatization include the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPC), the Railway Corporation, the Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Service Enterprise, Ethio Telecom, and the Ethiopian Airlines (EAL). Domestic and foreign investors can become minority share holders in these firms, although how much they will own has not yet been determined. In the past, foreigners were prohibited from investing in the transportation, aviation, telecommunication, and electricity sectors. The decision is a dramatic reversal of that policy.
„Profit should never be motivation for our justice system,“ said Tucson City Councilmember Regina Romero, who spearheaded passage of the resolution.
Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, has promised voters that if elected, his agenda would not include policies promoting the privatization of water, healthcare, and other essential public services. The commitment was given during a tour of the municipalities of Pánuco, Tantoyuca, and Tuxpan Thursday.