National President Jerry Dias joined hundreds of Unifor members working at SaskTel and other Crown employers in Regina at a rally on January 29.
“Premier Scott Moe and the Sask Party government are going to have a rude awakening if they think we’re going to settle for anything less than a fair contract in any of the Crowns this spring,” said Dias.
Dias was in town to open bargaining with SaskTel in an environment that hasn’t been hospitable to workers for some time. The conservative provincial government has mandated wage freezes and miniscule gains in the public sector for years.
Dias says that is about to change.
With SaskTel now formally in bargaining, the vast majority of the Saskatchewan Crown corporation workers represented by Unifor are negotiating a new contract, something that Unifor intends to use to members’ advantage.
“Unifor members enjoy a significant strength in numbers in the Crown sector,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “We intend on bargaining from a position of strength and using spring strike deadlines if we have to.”
Unifor represents thousands of public sector workers in Crown corporations, including SaskTel, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency.