Hundreds of Unifor members working for Saskatchewan’s Crown corporations are expected to gather at Wascana Park on Saturday, May 4 in a show of solidarity during difficult bargaining.
“Premier Moe has made a mess of public sector negotiations,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “He has failed to set a fair mandate for public sector contracts, and he is failing to do what is necessary to avoid a major disruption in Crown services.”
Dias is referring to the austerity mandate for wage freezes and other concessions that government and Crown negotiators have offered workers. Unifor has made it clear that concession bargaining is a non-starter.
SaskTel, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskWater, the Saskatchewan Water Authority, Directwest, and Securetek all have expired collective agreements.
Unifor’s Western Regional Director, Joie Warnock, says that the gridlock in negotiations is the result of a right-wing government that is bent on privatization and disrespecting the work of the province’s Crown workers.
“Saskatchewan’s Crown corporations are the envy of every province. They are critical public services that save Saskatchewan residents money on everything from cell phone bills to gas bills,” said Warnock. “Crown workers make Crown corporations great. They deserve a fair contract and that’s exactly what we will fight for.”
More information about the rally is available online.