Organized by the Korean Public Service and Transport Workers' Union (KPTU) and its research arm, the Public Policy Institute for People (PPIP), this bi-annual publication aims to highlight a growing global trend of (re)municipalisation and various efforts and strategies made by trade unions and social movement organisations to strengthen public services including energy, health care and transport.
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The second issue features articles on efforts and challenges in Latin America to strengthen public services after the coming to power of left-wing governments, including articles on various efforts to promote strong quality public services in areas such as pensions, health care, energy and transport on the following topics:
Left-wing governments take power and strengthen public services in Latin America by Mayra Castro, Susana Barria, Nayareth Quevedo and Euan Gibb
Remunicipalisation and the growing global pushback against privatisation by Andrew Cumbers and Bethia Pearson
The 'Anti-Privatisaion" Act, a KPTU strategy to halt privatisation in South Korea by Seungchul Lee
The PwC Australia scandal and the crisis of public service outsourcing at all levels of government by Tom Reddington
The Public Pathway (in THE energy sector) in Latin America by Lala Panaranda
Public Energy in Europe by Messim Achouche
Global trends in public transport funding by James Bartholomeusz
The Global State of Free-Fare Public Transport by Editor
* The Future is Public aims to be a space for Korean workers and activists, civil society movements to showcase global pro-public movements, actions and campaigns to raise awareness and educate members - as well as the wider public – about the value of public services in public ownership and control; the need to strengthen the publicness of public and social services in Korea; and to explore the public policy alternatives needed to bring about the transformation our societies, economies, and institutions need to successfully address the multiple crises facing the world, including the cost of living, climate, inequalities and democracy.