The idea put forth by Saskatchewan finance minister Kevin Doherty about having unpaid days off for workers in the public sector as one way of reducing the 1.2 billion dollar deficit the province is facing is going over like a lead balloon.
The SGEU’s Bob Bymoen says going through with this idea would cause “economic destruction.”
Bymoen doesn’t buy Doherty’s numbers and says he will have to investigate that to see if it is true, but he says when people make less money, they make less purchases and if that happens, it won’t do anything to stimulate the Saskatchewan economy.
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The NDP is outraged over this possible move.
Jobs critic Warren McCall says this mean-spirited cut is the latest example of forcing Saskatchewan people to pay the price for mismanagement, scandal and waste.
McCall adds Doherty’s suggestion would take money out of the pockets of Saskatchewan workers which in turn would not stimulate the Saskatchewan economy. He says people are looking to the government for stability, and instead they get a Saskatchewan Party making threats to their jobs and livelihoods.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour says one unpaid day off per month would translate to a 5-percent wage rollback for the average government employee.