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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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Stand by for more for-profit universities in UK

In spite of persistent lobbying by the University and College Union, not least in our recent report on the scandals in the US for-profit sector, the Coalition government seems hell-bent on opening up the UK university sector for private sector profit. BPP, which is owned by Apollo, Kaplan and Laureate have been lobbying the government to create a ‘level playing field’ (read: public subsidies that direct taxpayers money into shareholder profit). The Browne report has given them a lot of what they want, but you can read their whole manifesto in a recent report from the Tories’ favourite think tank, Policy Exchange: http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/publications/publication.cgi?id=212

UCU has tried to warn the government that it risks creating the conditions for the same scandals rocking the US for-profit sector but without success. Ideology and profits, it seems, are powerful. Read our report here: http://www.ucu.org.uk/media/pdf/k/l/ucu_subprimeed_briefing_sep10.pdf

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