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15 unions worldwide have now signed an international agreement on defending education and employment standards in the context of global marketisation. Together, these unions represent more than half a million tertiary education workers around the world.

The deepening global recession and the cutting back of public provision will only give greater encouragement to a burgeoning private sector, making the international agreement only more relevant and important.

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UCU report shows main parties bent on privatisation

As the general election campaign begins in Britain, a new UCU report has warned that both the ’New Labour’ government and the Conservative opposition are united in promoting policies that will further marketise and privatise the higher education system in the UK. The report warns that both parties are peddling a vision that will import the worst features ofthe US university system, reducing access, increasing dependence on private capital and fattening up the private sector to muscle in. You can read the union’s press release here.

Download and read the report here: Privatising our universities, Feb 10 (.pdf).

The publication was covered in the Times Higher magazine here.

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