The GATS Debate: Public Services & Privatisation


GATS Basics

GATS 2000

GATS Debate






Many civil society groups and trade unions have voiced concerns about the potential impact of the GATS on local, national and regional policies aimed at economic and social development, environmental protection and cultural objectives. At the center of these concerns are questions about the extent to which GATS rules may affect the supply of 'public services'.

  • In a recent paper on this issue, lawyer Markus Krajewsky explains how GATS impacts on public services.

  • Positively Public: Working for better public services. A campaign by UK public services union UNISON.

  • Trade agenda propels privatization
    Chapter from the Canadian Union of Public Employees' Annual Report on Privatization 2000

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