Organizers are hoping for several hundred people to rally outside the Legislature on Wednesday in advance of the provincial budget.
A number of unions, including S-G-E-U and CUPE Saskatchewan, will be gathering to speak against cuts as the government faces a 1-point-2 billion dollar deficit.
The province has suggested wage rollbacks, unpaid days off or even job cuts are on the table for the upcoming budget.
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CUPE Saskatchewan President Tom Graham says employees in the public sector are concerned that they may be affected by budget decisions.
“People are concerned,” says Graham. “A lot of members don’t make a lot of money as it is. And to see what’s being threatened as wage rollbacks — even this day off without pay — is in fact less money in your paycheque.”
Graham says it’s time to start spending more wisely and stop privatizing services.
In the meantime, S-G-E-U President Bob Bymoen says the public sector has already gone through a phase where 15-percent of the work force was eliminated, which has created a difficult workplace for employees.
“For most workers, they’re feeling the pinch in the workplace,” says Bymoen. “They can’t get their work done. There are fewer people than before. And there is more demand on their jobs.”
The Saskatchewan budget will be delivered March 22nd.