Federation News Spring 2011: Private Enterprise in Public Services (Download)

The language of “enterprise” has returned to political debate, in the hope of providing moral and economic justification for unprecedented cuts.

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The language of “enterprise” has once again come to dominate British society. This enterprise crusade – a throwback to the Thatcherite political ideology of the 1980’s – has been launched in the hope of providing moral and economic justification for unprecedented cuts in the public sector.

But according to the authors included in this series of articles, entrepreneurialism is simply a euphemism for privatisation and if unchecked the results will be devastating. This edition of Federation News therefore provides a timely critique of the Coalition government’s enterprise agenda, reminding readers of its historical legacy, highlighting its ideological nature and challenging both its democratic and economic legitimacy.

Bringing together trade union general secretaries (Len McCluskey and Dave Prentis), academics (Richard Beresford and Phil James) and campaigners (Alasdair Smith, Brian Denny and Linda Kaucher) the articles examine and expose the threats posed by the enterprise agenda to our public services, our NHS, our education system and our rights at work. And, waiting in the wings, are transnationals, eager to take advantage of EU liberalisation laws to prize open our public services in their search for profits.


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