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WTO demands privatisation in Britain

Issue No. 1822

THE WORLD Trade Organisation (WTO) is demanding that Britain and British firms embark on wholesale privatisation of public services, government documents revealed this week. They revealed that Britain faces WTO demands to 'remove all establishment restrictions on hospital and social services, rest, convalescent and old people's homes'.

This privatisation is part of moves towards a global deal called the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). New Labour ministers support GATS and claim it does not mean privatisation. Their own documents show them to be lying.

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Sat 19 Oct 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1822
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