REGINA—The Moe government’s refusal to abandon wage freezes for Crown workers has forced the union from SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SecurTek, DirectWest, SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency to file notice of job action.
They join SaskTel, making a total of seven Crowns that could be in some form of job action or work stoppage beginning Monday at 12:01 a.m.
“Scott Moe wrote to me saying he doesn’t get involved in collective bargaining. But when he mandated zero wage increases for Crown workers he inserted himself into these negotiations,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “It’s time to stop the games. The Premier and MLAs gave themselves a 2.3% per cent increase and Crown workers deserve a raise too.”
Negotiations will continue through September 29. Unifor believes the government is active behind the scenes in bargaining, despite the denials from Finance Minister Donna Harpauer.
“We’re receiving coordinated offers at seven bargaining tables, and the Finance Minister seems to be issuing statements daily. I think it’s safe to say the government is becoming more actively involved as the deadline approaches,” said Dias.
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 more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at @email or 778-903-6549 (cell).