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Unifor commits to protecting Sask Crowns and workers’ rights after provincial election

October 26, 2020 - 3:00 AM

REGINA—Canada’s largest union in the private sector will continue to fight for good jobs and workers’ rights in Saskatchewan, after Scott Moe’s Sask Party was elected to another term.

“Crown corporations help make life more affordable for Saskatchewan families and they provide thousands of good jobs,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Unifor is committed to standing up for Crowns and Crown workers against Sask Party politicians who can’t wait to privatize cherished public services.”

Saskatchewan saw a wave of increased job action over the past two years as workers have taken to the streets to defend good jobs, including the province-wide Crowns strike and the lengthy Co-op Refinery lockout. Documents recently surfaced suggesting that the Moe government caved to demands from the refinery to use the Regina Police to crack down on the oil and gas workers’ picket line.

“Dr. Ryan Meili ran a principled campaign based on putting working people first and reducing economic inequality in Saskatchewan,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “We look forward to working with Dr. Meili and his opposition caucus to hold the government accountable.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews via Facetime, Zoom, or Skype please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).