Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:29 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
US-drafted bill to privatize El Salvador
Unions in El Salvador are fighting a bill that would auction off everything from highways, ports, and airports to municipal services and higher education to private companies—mainly foreign multinationals.
The United States government, which helped draft the bill, is pushing hard for its passage. If the Public-Private Partnership, or P3, law is approved, workers in those areas will be vulnerable to the massive layoffs, wage cuts, and anti-union persecution that already characterize private sector work in the tiny Central American country.
In the 1980s, the U.S. funded, armed, and trained the military forces of the Salvadoran dictatorship, to the tune of a million dollars a day, in a brutal civil war against a popular liberation movement that threatened U.S. business interests. Today, the U.S. and Salvadoran governments are operating a “Partnership for Growth” to promote foreign investment in the country, which the U.S. insists is a modern solution to the country’s underdevelopment.
But, according to economist and National University professor Raul Moreno, the increased foreign investment and privatization promoted under earlier U.S.-backed administrations have only worsened labor conditions and sent profits overseas. P3s, says Moreno, are part of a model that has already “demonstrated its failure in El Salvador and throughout the world.”
El Salvador-U. S. Labor Solidarity Tour
Two leaders of El Salvador’s labor movement will tour the East and West Coasts, including Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, from February 3 to 13, to share experiences and strategies in the fights to defend workers’ rights and public services in both countries.
If you are interested in helping plan events in your city, or would like to invite one of the Salvadoran labor leaders to meet with your union or organization, contact a local committee.
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US-drafted bill to privatize El Salvador (Original post)
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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:49 AM
dipsydoodle (42,239 posts)
1. The US and the Privatization of El Salvador
As much of Latin America braces itself for the possibility of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death, observers around the world would do well to note the stark contrasts that exist within the region. On the one hand, there are the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas) countries, united by Chavez in their rejection of US imperialism and neoliberal capitalism. On the other hand, there are those countries which are still very much living under the hegemony of the United States. In El Salvador, this means subservience to Washington and international investors who seek nothing less than total control of that nation's economic destiny. This attempt at economic monopolization can be summed up with one word: privatization. It is precisely this strategy with all the union-busting, wage gouging, and propaganda disinformation that it entails, that is rearing its ugly head in El Salvador.
Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:28 AM
secondwind (5,096 posts)
6. This is so depressing. We are in Dominican Republic now, where we spend our winters. The
"President" has sold all the beach properties to private entities, etc. (some were from Greece) sold off toll stations, telephone service, huge areas of our "downtown" have been sold off to Venezuelans (money laundering) to put up even MORE MALLS. I don't recognize this country anymore.
Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:12 AM
Berlum (7,044 posts)
2. Imperialism, Inc.
Profit making hospitals - check
Profit making prisons - check
Profit making schools - check
Let's see now, time for profit-making police, fire, and road repair.
Dig deep Citizen Suckers.
Response to Berlum (Reply #2)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:35 AM
tclambert (8,456 posts)
7. For profit fire departments make more money if they occasionally set fires themselves.
Then demand payment to put them out.
Privatized police sounds an awful lot like a protection racket.
Privatized roads make more profit if they skimp a little on safety and maintenance.
In general, if the corporation can make an extra penny of profit by killing you, well, I hope you understand "It's not personal, it's just business."
Response to newfie11 (Reply #8)
Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:50 AM
TheKentuckian (23,876 posts)
9. At least and many or even most Democrats in leadership too.
Neoliberalisim doesn't stop at TeaPubliKlans at all but Democrats have to use much more careful rhetoric to stave off mutiny. The difference of electorate is bigger than the differences at the top but by hook or crook we end up in the same general area.