Unifor members in the Saskatchewan Crown corporation sector are fed up with austerity bargaining from the provincial government. They’ve made it clear that a fair contract is the only way to avoid the potential of sector-wide job action later this spring.
As part of their effort to raise the profile of the work they do, Crown workers have released a video about bargaining and what it means to the rank-and-file members of Locals 1S, 2S, 649, and 820.
“I was in Regina to open bargaining for SaskTel in January, and I can tell you, our members are ready to fight for a good contract,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We’re going to unite our members across the Crown sectors to get the contract our members deserve.”
With SaskTel now formally in bargaining, the 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’s Western Regional Director Joie Warnock says that there has been gridlock in the public sector after years of austerity mandates from the right-wing provincial government, leaving no room for negotiated gains for workers.
“Incompetent governance from the ruling Saskatchewan Party has left the economy sputtering and public sector workers with meagre compensation increases,” said Warnock. “This spring, that’s going to end.”