COVID-19 and Public Sector Workers

  • Print
r1 Bullet logo

COVID-19 and Public Sector Workers:
Tax Justice, the Just Transition and the Care Economy

Adrian Murray and Susan Spronk interview Daniel Bertossa – Public Services International

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021 we caught up with Daniel Bertossa, Assistant General Secretary at Public Services International (PSI), a global union federation that represents public sector workers in about 170 countries and about 650 unions. Daniel leads the Public Services International economic policy work in trade, tax, debt, and the future of quality public services.

This interview is part of a series with the Blended Finance Project, a group of unions, non-governmental organizations, and academics who are concerned about the Canadian government’s embrace of... what is called “blended finance.” We argue that blended finance is merely the latest iteration of the privatization and financialization of foreign aid, and we seek to promote more equitable public alternatives.

Adrian Murray (AM), Susan Spronk (SS): Why is Public Services International interested in questions of financing for development, and specifically, tax justice?

Daniel Bertossa (DB): Public Services International is interested in issues of development and public services. First, our members are the people who work in these public services, and they have a very good understanding of what they do and how they work best. But also, as a trade union, we’re interested in workers and ensuring that workers get their cut from the benefits and the wealth that’s produced in society. Public services are a really important way of ensuring that the neediest in our societies and communities get what they need to live happy, healthy, and prosperous lives, but also to redistribute wealth to those who need it and to ensure that those who have the means to pay actually do pay. That’s the tax policy interest that we have: both to fund public services so everybody can enjoy them but also to redistribute wealth.

Continue reading

Follow the Socialist Project on Social Media:

Facebook Twitter Instagram

Share on Facebook

The Bullet is produced by the Socialist Project. Readers are encouraged to distribute widely. Comments, criticisms and suggestions are welcome. Write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Bullet archive is available at r0

Forward to a friend: this link

powered by phpList