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Trade Union Comments on OECD draft Guidance on Competitive Neutrality
Written contribution by TUAC, EPSU, PSI & ITUC to an OECD internal consultation on a draft report on “National Best Practices in Competitive Neutrality”



In partnership with the European Federation of Public Services (EPSU), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Public Services International (PSI), the TUAC has submitted comments on a draft internal report on “National Best Practices in Competitive Neutrality” prepared by the OECD Working Party on Privatisation Practices and the OECD Competition Committee and circulated on 17 January 2012.

We believe that the OECD should refrain from developing guidance on competitive neutrality due to the:

  • undefined scope, diverse national interpretations and lack of ownership by OECD member states;
  • failure to consider the public interest as an overarching public policy objective;
  • un-critical stance towards private sector corporate governance and competition;
  • lack of consideration of public sector disadvantages; and
  • Serious uncertainty around the use of the term ‘OECD consensus’.

read the full submission in the attached pdf file.